Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Name This Knitter

The Knitting Woman
by William Adolphe Bouguereau

I love this painting. What a clear and beautiful representation of human life, of the "best" and the "good". Of course, none of us, in reality, are as beautiful and good as paintings suggest. But we all have our aspirations and our innocences, things that are new to us and unsullied. Like knowing how to knit. Give the woman a name and tell what things the names suggests about its bearer.

Camilla Esther - Both names to me represent someone who always tries to do their best, who look for the good in others even though they are well aware of each person's weaknesses. Like the preschool teacher who encourages each child and delights in their unique personalities and gifts to the world, but who knows which one may skin their knee or forget to wash their hands, and makes sure that they do, leading them on a path to being more independent and better off.

Someone named Camilla strikes me as a quiet sort of woman who enjoys the artistic and creative pursuits available to her. She might devote herself to learning to play a flute or gardening or pottery or writing poems. Esther makes me think of Queen Esther in the Bible, both physically beautiful, spiritually aware and caring, and yet quick as a whip. She's the student who graduates high school early, peer tutors, and solves all sorts of problems before they've ever happened. She still strikes me as quiet, but not so quiet that she does not speak up when she feels she must and it matters. But she's not a prattler or easily provoked.

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