The Invitation - a Truth Tree selection
 
The Invitation
(a selection from The Truth Tree series, book 3)

Lily sits at the river's edge while waiting for her paintings to dry. She breathes in the scents surrounding her and gathers the music of nature's beauty to her heart. How peaceful it is here! How it stirs her creativity! How it settles her soul in times of uncertainty!

She shakes herself from her reverie and begins to gather her painting tools. It is time to make her way home so her mother and father do not worry.

'Miss Lily, hello!' a young one's voice calls out to her.

'Hello, my young friend! How are you?' she replies and believes she recognizes the voice belonging to a young girl of thirteen summers

The young girl runs to Lily and embraces her. She says, 'I am fine. Your mother told me you were here so I thought maybe I could walk home with you and share company.'

'I'd like that. Let me finish gathering my paints and my new paintings. Then we can return to the village,' Lily replies.

She senses a quietness has settled upon her young friend and asks, 'Is something wrong? You have become so quiet.'

'Oh, no,  Miss Lily! I was admiring your paintings. They are beautiful!' the girl replies.

'Thank you! Would you mind sharing with me what they bring to mind?' Lily asks, admitting to herself that these paintings were a bit different than her usual artwork.

The young girl pauses for a moment before replying,  'They both speak to me of life,  Miss Lily.  The painting on black canvas reminds me that sometimes we are visited by darkness. The white streaks and splotches of pastel colors upon the black instills the promise of light, innocence and purity, and peace even in the darkness. The white canvas with the addition of the almost angry red and the dark blue of sorrow reminds me that even on our brightest days we can know pain, sadness, even anger. In both paintings you also use greens and browns which seem to tell me that rebirth and change are always within reach whether we are surrounded by light or darkness.'

The young girl sighs and then asks hesitantly, 'Did I read them correctly, Miss Lily?'

Lily is stunned and for a moment she finds herself speechless.  She finally replies, 'You read them correctly as you perceived them. That is the beauty of art. It invites interpretations from each of us and each will likely be different. I must say though that you certainly echoed my thoughts as I was painting. Thank you for sharing with me what the paintings said to you.'

'You are very welcome, Miss Lily,' the young girl replies as she gathers the paintings and they begin the walk back to the village.

They walk in shared silence until they reach Lily's home. The young girl sets the paintings down near the door and then turns to Lily, gathers the painting tools, and places them near the paintings. She then embraces Lily , and clasps one of her hands before speaking. 

'Thank you, Miss Lily, for sharing yourself with me but also for helping me to see that sometimes words need not be spoken to be understood,' the girl says softly before releasing Lily's hand.

'I'm not sure I understand what you are saying, my young friend,' Lily admits quietly.

The young girl explains, 'Today your art spoke to me, shared its story with me, and I heard every word within my heart and never will they be forgotten,' she says and after one last embrace walks away.

Lily eyes fill with tears at the beauty of these words and then hears the whispers of her mentors as they say, 'As you see, Lily, sometimes they teach us and it is good!'  Lily can but smile and nod for she feels so very blessed. Her heart is full and she too will never forget.



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host: Maryfrances

By Myrna D.

© 2014 Myrna D. (All rights reserved)

 

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