Sharing the Love

by Ginger on March 9, 2012

in Becoming Myself, The Artist's Wife

Oh you guys.

I want to thank you all for the awesome support in the comments of my last post, along with the amazing emails and FB/Twitter messages you guys sent me. I swear to you, even if it takes me all week, I’m going to answer every single one of them, because they have been such a source of support and…well, happiness, if I’m honest. It’s funny, I wasn’t scared or nervous about posting about the depression and anxiety, because I figured–hey, it is what it is, you know?

But the support and love I got from you guys reminded me of why I like talking to the Internet in the first place–because there are amazing, wonderful, uplifting and supportive people on the other end of the computer screen. And as I said on Twitter, I will always be grateful for the people who have been brought into my life thanks to the internet.

/sap

On an unrelated note entirely (except for the fact that it’s part of why it may still take me another week to answer everyone back).

This weekend marks my husband N.C.’s solo show Abandoned Menagerie up in the L.A. area. This show has been about a year in the making, and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we BOTH are that the show is finally, FINALLY here. One of the things that’s difficult to explain about living with an artist is the intensity it takes to put even an individual piece together, much less an entire solo show. Then there are the various stresses: building a career, carrying a show, and trying to maintain your responsibilities to your family while doing this all. I’m not explaining it well, but the point is, it’s not easy. It’s wonderful, but it’s not easy.

I’m so, so, so, SO proud of the work my husband has done–the show looks amazing (seriously, the pieces in person are phenomenal. If you’re in the L.A. area on Saturday, you really should try and come see them. And say hi to me). But I’m also insanely proud of how well he’s handled the stress and strain of this year. I’m proud that he managed to do this show without sacrificing any of his artistic integrity AND without sacrificing his family. The balancing act was really hard on him, I know. And I couldn’t be more proud. No matter how the show does, no matter what Saturday night brings, he’s got something to be happy and, yes, PROUD of.

Reading (and chickens) March 9, 2012 at 10:30 am

Go N.C.! And go you for being so honest. I’m glad you’re on a path to feeling better. (Sorry I didn’t say anything; am currently in comment bankruptcy.)

Erin March 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm

First, I love you, too. 😉 Second: Holy crap, how did I not know about your husband’s web site and his awesome artwork? I am staring at this stuff with my mouth open.

Maribel Reyes March 10, 2012 at 7:32 am

I agree, the internet and writing are in a sense like therapy. Support from readers is always the best! I am glad to see you are feeling better. I just checked N.C.’s art and all I can say is WOW! I felt like I was back in the 80s which was so much fun! when everything was peaches and cream 😉 Best wishes on his L.A. show! Wish I could make it, but unfortunately have family events.

Craftwhack March 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm

So damn exciting for your husband, and you are a wonderfully supportive wife. Congratulations! Now I’m off to read about your depression, and I have a feeling I will relate. Huh.

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