Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Friday, June 21, 2013

Vignettes from Vermont: Bit O' Whimsey, Full O' Regret

Bit O Whimsey by Kandy Myny

BENNINGTON -- "Alexandra" asked Art Gallery Dude for advice in late March during a chat on Facebook. The chat ended this way after she told him she was offered the job of her dreams in Coastal Paradise. She wanted this job in this town, more than anything.

AGD: Then you're a fraud if you don't grab the happiness that the cosmos just dropped in your hands.

Alex: That's a strong way to put it. And not incorrect.

AGD: Just making sure you realize the weight of my words.

Alex: I'm letting that sink in.

Two months later ...

Alex said no to the dream job in Coastal Paradise because her husband didn't want to sell the home, uproot baby and plant new seeds a state and a half away. He *would* support her career move if she *really* wanted him to -- yes, honey, I *would* eat maggots if you *really* want me to prove I love you -- and it was that kind of passive-aggressive response that made her ruminate long and hard.

On the last day of May, Alex updated AGD: Should have listened to you. (Husband) didn't want to move. I should have overruled him. Full of regret.

Alex and AGD talked about The Decision the other day.

An hour later, AGD opened a box that arrived from Shelby Township, Michigan. Inside were 10 of Kandy Myny's wonderful Bit O' Whimsy prints on wood. 


Fiddlehead at Four Corners customers buy them in droves.

There was a new print in this order, one AGD hadn't seen before, the one you see in the photo above -- happy-smiley woman riding her bike, scarf in the wind, following her dreams on the adventure of a lifetime -- and it struck a chord in AGD vis-a-vis Alex and her regret.

Here are the other Kandy Myny pieces. Love something? Call (802) 447-1000.