Gratitude Jar and Lotus Leaves

From “Don’t judge a book by its cover” to “Don’t look at the jug, but at what it contains” (an old Rabbinic saying), we’re constantly taught that the contents of things are more important than the vessels, wrappers, and boxes that hold them in place. This week, let’s give outer shells their due and focus our lenses on things that contain other things.

Says Ben Huberman, at the Daily Post.

I love containers, who doesn’t? They are full of feminine symbolism.   I decided to snap a few of my favourite containers.

A wooden vessel from Malaysia, very smooth and curvy.
A wooden vessel from Malaysia, very smooth and curvy.

My Terramundi, a gift from my friends when I left a job
My Terramundi, a gift from my friends when I left a job

A bowl by my favourite ceramic artist Laurel Keeley
A bowl by my favourite ceramic artist Laurel Keeley

Driftwood sticks, shells and beach stones from all over
Driftwood sticks, shells and beach stones from all over

The gratitude jar that I began on January 1st
The gratitude jar that I began on January 1st

My last photo, the only one in colour, is a painting contained in a frame. It was painted for me by Stuart Whitelaw, and brought all the way from Australia when he and Christine visited last month. It is of the beautiful lotus leaves on the dam at Dadirri, Christine’s favourite plants.

Lotus leaves
Lotus leaves

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17 thoughts on “Gratitude Jar and Lotus Leaves

  1. That Malaysian container is soooo pick-upable – I want to hold it in my cupped hands, feeling the silky texture and density of the polished wood. Love Stuart’s lotus leaves … what a lovely ‘hello’ gift to bring all that way, and now, such a poignant reminder of their visit, and friendship. I think of him every day, wondering how he’s coping with her absence. Sometimes it seems there’s a terrible price to be paid for a lifetimes joy.

  2. Oh, Gilly- what a memory! When I commented on yours the other day I had Christine in my mind. She’s never far away, is she?
    Hugs! 🙂
    I liked the ceramic bowl but the painting’s knocked the wind out of my sails.

  3. I love the gratitude jar Gilly. But my goodness…Stuart’s painting. Such a beautiful gift. It resonates doesn’t it ? With Christine. I hope her family is doing okay.

  4. Awesome collection of containers you’ve showcased for us, Gilly. They are all outstanding and gorgeous. I’m sure that the painting from Stuart and Christine are your favorite treasure. A lovely memory to keep her close at heart. 😘

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