You Are Safe Now ~ Wild Tenderness Part 2 ~ Chicken Toddlers

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Good grief, what a week – I’m fostering 3 adorable chicken toddlers, and I had no idea how distracting they would be! I’m constantly checking (they are safe in my tiny fenced garden) to make sure they have enough water and weeds to chomp on, and I spend too much time just watching them. Witnessing their contented meandering is so meditative, and their singing voices are just lovely when they jump into their cat carrier at night to sleep in the garage. They are going to a new home today, they were never meant to be mine, but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them. Look at their downy little heads!

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Wild Tenderness Collection, Part 2, Continues!

This week I have finished two more original paintings for part 2 of the Wild Tenderness Collection. Below is You Are Safe Now.

The final 2 original paintings are in process (there will be 8 released) and you can watch progress videos in the Wild Tenderness Highlight on my Instagram Page.

Also, I’m going to be live during the Release (Sunday, July 5 from 7-830pm PST) on my KmB Art Show Facebook Page ~ I’ll be there to answer questions during the release, and give out some prizes. Mark your calendar!

And now, I see you. I see you with eyes of love, acceptance, and gratitude. I see you in my own children, my old photos. I feel you in my nighttime fears, the darkness that hides in corners still frightens me, a bit. In moments of abandonment and shame I am you again. In moments of anger when I want to lash out, I am a child.

Here is the story of YOU ARE SAFE NOW: 

You were at times vulnerable, alone in the dark, unseen. You also loved with reckless abandon, ran free through the woods, raced the clouds on wheels and feet.

Sometimes you were exposed, you reached out for connection that wasn’t always there. Your eyes did not always meet the eyes of love – you waited and grew. You relied on yourself.

But you and I had fierce protectors you couldn’t even see… you must have, or else I would not be here today.

And now, I see you. I see you with eyes of love, acceptance, and gratitude. I see you in my own children, my old photos. I feel you in my nighttime fears, the darkness that hides in corners still frightens me, a bit. In moments of abandonment and shame I am you again. In moments of anger when I want to lash out, I am a child.

In moments of pure joy and of silly love for another, I feel you bursting through my seams. When I write about what I truly want out of life, I feel your fingers on mine.

Thank you for making your way, for holding on. Thank you for growing strong and continuing to rely on love and to trust connection. Without you, I would not be.

You are safe now. You are the valuable, still vulnerable, seed inside of my heart, inside of my bones. You journeyed and you trusted, failed, and succeeded. You became me and I seek to remember your joy and whimsical freedom.

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Thank you for reading. I wish you the best. Have a wonderful week’s end.

Love & Sincerely, Katie

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