The Mural Is No More
First, I apologize for mixing movies in the title just to grab your attention.
Second, here’s the reason for returning to this much-abandoned corner of the Web. The occasion is somewhat bittersweet. It marks a passing which apparently many parents bring about in their children’s lives. My parents brought it upon me, and now I have brought it upon mine.
Before I go any further and lest you conceive some awful conception in your mind as to what I’m about to write about, let me explain that this is just about a wall painting in a bedroom. Nothing more, nothing less.
When I was in high school (Fox Valley Lutheran in Appleton, WI), I was an avid stamp collector. (Today I’m a less-than-avid stamp collector.) I painted oversized versions of at least two stamps on the wall of my bedroom. They were the original Love stamp and another which I can picture in my head right now but can’t remember what it commemorated. Was there a third stamp too? Sorry, I know there are pictures of them, but I can’t find them now either.
Eventually my parents decided to paint over the stamps long after I had moved out of the house.
Fast forward many years.
I think it was when she was in high school (WISCO in Milwaukee) that our daughter started to paint a mural featuring scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy on a bedroom wall of our house. Until yesterday, that wall looked like this.
Not too long ago, we decided it was time for this wall to be repainted as well. All precious things must come to an end. Today it looks like this.
For the record, that’s actually a light blue, not white.
Gandalf was hesitant to leave, but I was a little disappointed that the Balrog didn’t put up more of a fight. Fortunately, much like Frodo’s narrow escape, the Eye did not discover what I was up to either. Gollum scampered off in search of another ring. I think Strider was the last to go.
As I was painting over everything (which only took one coat…get high-quality Behr), I (re-?)discovered a lot of detail that never got filled in. That’s part of the bittersweetness.
If you ever visit this room (and I’m not sure why you really would), you’ll still see a few remnants of what used to be. There are a few leftovers in the corners and some markings on the footing pole that I didn’t paint over.
‘Twas time to move on. The room is now a little brighter and a lot less scary.
I wonder if someday a grandchild will pick up a paint brush with his or her own wonderful designs in mind.