Fish Of Mind
“Fish Of Mind” Oil On Canvas 30×38, By: Jeques B. Jamora, Oct. 31, 2007.
Last October 18 to 21, I attended a weekend get together and met up with my classmates and friends from college for our class reunion. It is just so unfortunate that a lot were not able to make it to the gathering. But it was a great moment for updates to reconnect the spaces and distances that time built between us as we move forth to our individual life affairs. Many Changes, and it is good to note that most of this changes are for the better. How years pass swiftly and we are in our mid 30’s now. But friendship remains. Inside, we are still kids at heart like we used to be.
In every gathering, taking pictures is a must and we did. Saved in my camera are the photographs of my paintings which I show to them and Ronald, our MD classmate finishing his Nephrology specialization At the University of Illinois Chicago Medical School became interested. We stayed in his new condo unit in our last night. The empty wall of his living room is a perfect space for a painting. We talked about his planned color for his place. I asked what are the things that relax him? Water, fishes, blue. I instantly have something in mind.
We had a great weekend. I coined a line to encourage and remind everyone to seize the moment and enjoy: “We will not be 35 next year!” It was fun like the old time, back in college ~ simple life, big dreams. Most of my classmates are now living their dreams and its inspiring.
I wasted no time. I started the painting I promised Ronald the following week and finished it October 31. I thought of calling him to pick up the painting by the end of the month, but November 3, the paint has barely dried from my finishing touches, and my painting is gone. Ronald dropped by my place to pick up the first painting I’m giving up in Chicago last saturday. I am happy to give it away to the person who first encouraged me to join a painting contest back in college. I told him, its my marketing strategy. He will be a Doctor with wide range of clients soon, my painting could get a good exposure in his place. I even reserved a space in his future clinic wall to display my painting. I am just thinking ahead.
“We are too small to understand
The mysteries of life.
We are but a ‘lil piece
Of God’s infinite creations.
We depart to arrive;
we leave to come home.
‘Tis great to wake up
In the morning ~
Especially when you’re home.
Before we parted ways, we planned already the next reunion. I hope next time the gathering would be in greater number.
I see fulfillment written in my classmates’ faces. Much has been accomplished in the years that we journey after college. I can’t find material things to make them any happier. So I just wish them, “Fish Of Mind.”