I Was Grateful For The Whale … and For Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia

31 May

I walked in feeling like Jim Carrey in that movie Yes, Man.

Completely out there, saying yes to new adventures that I’d normally pass on just to hang out at home, relax, and catch up on my Netflix binge-worthy shows.

I like the comfort of hanging out at home.

But in an effort to keep my word, and continue creating my own momentum, ignite opportunities, and make life more interesting, this month’s new adventure involved the artistic side. The one I don’t tap into: Drawing and coloring.

I saw the workshop posted and channeled my inner Jim Carrey Yes Man and “yessed” myself into the class.

I rolled into the creative space and there they were the Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, Sophia and the rest of their crew … The Golden Girls.

This Adult Art Workshop wasn’t at all what I expected. In truth I didn’t know what to expect as I’d never taken an art class before. But I didn’t think I’d be hanging out with AARP members for an afternoon. See, I know some of those folks from my complex and neighborhood, and some of them aren’t very friendly. They get upset over the weather or wind chimes. They get burned out when you’re cheering for your team during the playoffs. They get antsy when the postman isn’t punctual. They give you the stink eye when you tell them to pick up their dog poop. They’re living their life and they’re not about to hear any sass.

So when I walked in, I thought it was going to be a complaining session and I would regret it sitting down.

However it proved to be a pretty interesting motley crew of stories about grandkids, sons, daughters, ex-husbands, cruise ship travel and Uber rides. I knew about Barbara’s kids not calling enough, about Sarah’s kids calling too much, about ex-husband Bob liking fried liver once a week for dinner, about grandkids being jackasses, about love escapades on cruise ships that would steam up any romance novel, and of Uber rides to the cardiologist office.

I’ve never been to a beauty salon or barber shop, but I imagine these ladies would be rocking that scene, like Steel Magnolias.

I mean they did not care who heard their business. They were having their Ya-Ya Sisterhood moment regardless of who else was in the room. It was pretty freeing. I went there expecting colored pencils, art, and that’s it. But it was surprisingly relaxing and calming to be hanging with these women and hear their stories while I colored my whale.

I didn’t say much the entire session, just chose my colors, nodded, smiled and kept listening. I liked the calmness of being surrounded by women who didn’t care what people thought. They were living their life, creating art, telling stories, and having a good time doing it. They didn’t look like they needed resolutions or to be on a Yes Man quest. That was how they rolled, regardless.

And I liked that vibe.

I walked out of there grateful I had shown up and appreciative of the reminders, the lessons, their presence and way of being taught me. I was grateful for my whale.

I think that sort of strength and comfort comes with age. Maybe from saying Yes to a lot of new experiences along the way, maybe when they were younger 🙂

Buen Camino My Friends!


8 Responses to “I Was Grateful For The Whale … and For Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia”

  1. passionfortruths May 31, 2019 at 11:31 PM #

    Great colouring!👍🏻😍

    • The Guat June 1, 2019 at 9:15 AM #

      Thanks! It was a pretty fun experience 🙂

  2. ksbeth June 1, 2019 at 3:48 AM #

    good for you!

    • The Guat June 1, 2019 at 8:50 AM #

      It was a pleasant surprise 🙂 I may go back again next week!

  3. Sorryless June 1, 2019 at 7:34 AM #


    First of all, nice! Getting out and doing something you wouldn’t do on the regular IS in fact a method for freeing up the soul. You sated its hunger.

    Secondly . . WOW! I had no idea you were such the artiste! That whale is rocking my artistic senses something beautifully. I love that you went to this class with your ‘writers ears’ on and then unleashed this Goddess of the arts! Your many talents never cease to amaze me.

    Peace, art and new experiences

    • The Guat June 1, 2019 at 8:58 AM #

      I did show up with my writer’s ear! I sooooo didn’t plan to, because I didn’t want to be one of those gossip listeners that don’t say anything and just overhear everyone’s business. But it was nothing like that … it was a storytelling jam session without the knitting needles or coffee. These Golden Girls, who I had never met before, were a great source of calmness and everyday adventurers. Thanks for the kind words. I might even go again next time 🙂

      • Sorryless June 1, 2019 at 10:16 AM #

        Yeah but its not about gossiping. You’re not naming names, you’re just serving as an embedded reporter.

  4. Photography Journal Blog June 2, 2019 at 12:33 AM #

    I love your whale 🙂

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