While picking Ellie up from Zoo School one fall afternoon I was particularly moved. A sequence of observations followed…
· The symbolism in the scene, -covered and surround by the very nature they are studying and captivated by.
· The significance of moments like this in the lives of these kids as they grow into adults.
· The devotion and heart the teachers put into these kids that extends far beyond their “jobs.”
· The sheer beauty of the setting.
The lyrics of the song “County Road,” often sung at this spot with Mr. K playing the guitar, came to mind. “Country roads take me home, to the place I belong.”
“...to the place I belong” just seemed to describe all of these thoughts.
I snapped a couple of pictures.
It didn’t take long to think of painting the scene. But I wanted to paint it a way that was more timeless and less specific. –Like it could be any class, any year and represent the thoughts above. I attempted to represent years and lives and memories in this frozen moment. “Life is old here, older than the trees” and “all my memories gather ‘round” are a couple more lines from Country Road that seem appropriate as well.
I fully acknowledge that this art is a poor reproduction of the real thing, -of being there that day. But I hope as years pass and people grow up it helps bring them back to this place, “…to the place I belong.”