This is about quotes from around the house, where I found Nietzsche, Einstein, and Anis Nin.
“We do not see things as they are
We see things as we are.”
– attributed to Anis Nin
. Every so often I will ‘see’ one and have it resonate.Turning around in the woodshed one day to my surprise I found this painted on the beam supporting the wood shed roof. My eldest son, Eric, went through his teens writing philosopher quotes on door jams, mirror dressings and otherwise insignificant areas.
“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.” — Albert Einstein
On his bedroom door jam going into the room
“Institution of Insanity”
Along the side
in thick black letters.
On the door going out is a visual “ r e a l ?”
… whose letters grow bigger and bigger until the question mark overwhelms everything else.
It’s been more than 15 years since he was a teenager growing up here, in this house and woodshed that his Dad built. He has long since gone to college, found his true love, and bought a house of his own. When I visit I don’t see any inscriptions on his door jams, but I treasure them here, in the house of his youth, where I still live.
If your child painted graffiti in your own home, would you paint or sand over it? What if it held deep meaning? How do you feel about graffiti inside your home? Or outside your home? As always, I welcome your comments.
You are the light of the world. Clar