3 hours ago
Scenes from a soul-healing hike today with my hubby in Mendocino. It’s been more than two months since my mom was tragically, suddenly taken from us in a horrific accident just miles from her sweet Oregon ranch-home. my mom was killed in an “accident” that involved an elderly woman (already being investigated on a hit-and-run) driving 20 mph on a highway AND an irresponsible 28-year old driving a semi-truck loaded with gravel - 93,000 pounds slamming into my mom’s car, sending her careening off the highway and headfirst into a tree. This driver was posting a crappy piece of furniture for sale on her Facebook page an hour before we took mom off life support. Needless to say, I have been in a dark place, trying to process, make sense of the senseless, and re-think everything about life and what I had imagined would be a future with my mom in it. I haven’t posted here since my last post before the accident, in which my mom loved a folk-art painting I of a bunny hopping though flowers. It was a work in progress and she was so cute to comment, giving me a title suggestion. I look at that post now and think, my God, I was so unaware, so innocent to the devastation and loss I would feel in just a couple of days. My mom was one of my biggest art “fans”and she always encouraged me, even when she didn’t understand (or maybe even like- ha) my latest work. But she always gave me the ❤️’s and comments... And now I won’t ever see one of those again. So, it’s been difficult to muster up the energy to paint - although I did finish her “Leaping Into Spring,” and last weekend, I actually felt a little of the old excitement to paint and painted the pale pink camellia bush outside my front door that was my mom’s favorite. I felt, if only for those few hours absorbed in the artwork, a little bit normal for the first time in weeks. My heart is broken, but I am trying to heal. Nature is a beautiful, powerful healer. Today I felt it melting together some of the broken pieces of my soul. ✨ .
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