A gentle breeze blows on the perfect afternoon, as mother and daughter enjoy a seaside story together. The trust of a child is a precious thing.
Trust is an unusual thing – something we have within us when we are babies and young children, because we are so utterly dependent upon the responsible adults in our lives to care for us. (It is for this reason that it is especially reprehensible when people take advantage of, or abuse this trust.)
By the time we reach adulthood, we have learned – through years of experience – that not all people are to be trusted, and depending upon how untrustworthy various people have been in our lives, we may find it difficult to believe anyone. (Incidentally, when it comes to not believing people, it’s a good idea to maintain a healthy distrust of the words uttered by politicians, celebrities, financial magnates, and financiers – people whose words we trust all too often, without our knowing them personally. We literally take them on trust.)
It is the people we know personally, the people with whom we interact intimately on a day to day basis, with whom we can slowly learn to rebuild the blocks of trust – not trust in just anything, not trust in a superficial facade, and certainly not trust in a person who does not deserve it – but trust in people who go out of their way to be good, kind, honest, humble, and loving.
This is the trust we find in the parent/child relationship, and it is the trust we see in the artwork, Seaside Story. Mother and child share a quiet moment together, a moment infused with love, simplicity, quiet, and companionship. Arms around her mother’s neck, the little girl snuggles into a place of safety and goodness, a place where she knows she is beloved and cared for.
Such love is worth trusting in.
Seaside Story is featured in 45 Fine Art America groups.
Third Place Winner, You Are Their World contest, sponsored by the Fine Art America groups, Hotel Lobby Artworks — July 2020
(Seaside Story is set within the beach grasses of the Central Oregon Coast, USA.)
May 3rd, 2017
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