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The Way Home - 36 x 24, Oil on Wood Panel, Original Oil Painting by Jamie Eppenauer
My 19 year old daughter and I went to the mall last week to escape the horrendous smoke that is staining our beautiful city. It was the first time I had been to the mall in years.
The main intent was to get some fresh air and walk around a bit – I know fresh air at the mall, lol. But it is air conditioned and the air just felt clean. We also bought a few back to school items.
On the way home in the car, I was pondering what life is about. I ponder this a lot but being at the mall with all the newness made me think about it again. So much energy is put into working and then buying new things. At some point don’t we all own enough so that we can devote our energy to other things?
As my college-aged student is starting to figure out her path in life, I wanted to see what she thought it was all about. Plus she was a captive audience for the 15 minute drive home.
Her first response was “Mom do we have to have this conversation right now?” Yes, she is used to my headiness.
When I said yes, she answered without hesitation, “It is about loving and helping others.” She didn’t just say this to make me happy, she means it.
And I thought, “I have a done a good job raising you.”
I have the idea that we are all just walking each other “home.” This painting represents that to me. There are so many glimmering distractions along the way which can lead you this way or that, but the ultimate goal is to reach home feeling loved and loving others.
This painting won Second Place in the Woodinville Juried Art Show.