Today I spent the afternoon in a coffee shop sharing deep conversation with Carly Mojica of The Painted Goddess STudio. Some while ago, some way, some how, Carly and I bumped into each other online. We read each others blogs. We chatted on skype. Our online circles bumped into each other often. She lived in Colorado and the first time I talked to her, the accent gave it away that she was not FROM Colorado. As it is, she was from a North Carolina town near me and recently she has returned there. You know what this means? Road trip for me!
I was barely in the door and we were comparing art journals, trading questions, sharing story. I believe in the power of story. It was good.
We had all the conversations around feeling misplaced and wondering if this crazy, magical, intuitive painting thing that we do can actually be understood and accepted by those in these small southern towns.
( I know, I know ... it's quite judgmental of us but based on experience with the confused looks and barely polite nods, we are not too far off the mark) Carly was telling a story about someone asking about her art and she said, "How do you explain that to a muggle?!" I roared with knowing laughter.
It is good to sit across from another magical being, another someone who is not of this world, another explorer of this strange land. It is good to be understood and to exchange ideas.
Here is what I know. Though the general population may be muggles, there are other magical beings. I am one. Maybe you are one too or maybe you are married to one or know one or two or three. If so and you live anywhere near Shelby, NC, let me introduce you to Carly. She has some wonderful magic flowing through her veins.