As of Thursday, December 27th, 2012 a nightmare ends and a new chapter begins when I get to move into an apartment. My own fig tree...end a rough time that did not break me. While not a fan of apartments & this is really pretty decent, it stops a decline, my roller skates so to speak of a slippery slope.
Most of my home belongings are gone, most damaged after Hurricane Issac. It shouldn't had happened; the storm directly did not do it. It did indeed come about by black mold, but the responsible entity, was the negligence on the part of the (at that time) the property managers and owners.
Right now, I do not want to give them the energy or time as right now it is more about celebration!
The phrase" fig tree" I've used a lot to symbolize having one's on abode. Everyone, everything deserves shelter & dignity no matter what anyone say or do.
"Fig Tree is significant to me as I've been without a home for awhile It is also important to me from Micah 4:4 (different translations shown):
New International Version (©1984)
"Every man will sit under his own vine and under his own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken".
New Living Translation (©2007)
"Everyone will live in peace and prosperity, enjoying their own grapevines and fig trees, for there will be nothing to fear. The LORD of Heaven's Armies has made this promise!
English Standard Version (©2001)
"but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken".
New American Standard Bible (©1995)
"Each of them will sit under his vine And under his fig tree, With no one to make them afraid, For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken".
And shown at Isaiah 65:21-22:."They will build houses and dwell in them;they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit. No longer will they build houses and others live in them,or plant and others eat. For as the days of a tree, so will be the days of my people";
It will be simple, for the time being, my new fig tree, but well presented. I have other furniture, but I cannot afford to nor can I afford not to, bring the remaining of my belongings here from North Carolina. Getting them here will make a huge, quantum leap into my life being settled & my being able to provide for myself.
But for now, I will manage. There's always a way even out of no way!
I have to replace things now that I lost, so I've been looking around for things that are affordable, durable and appealing. There are several designs from West Elm I love. And I really love the idea of monogramming...and using words on it significant.
Yes they are only towels, the words matter more that I want to be a reminder for me. These are from www.westelm.com
My favorites are "Fig Tree" & "Paradise"...
My favorite shower curtain also from West Elm "Butterfly" we know butterflies represent metamorphosis, transformation
While this is not my rugs I lost in Hurricane Issac, I like this design as I rebuild... (at least in my head) also from West Elm:
This chair of which there are 3, I got from a neighbor that was rusting in the yard. My plan originally was to sand, paint & used them in my garden. This was before I started "wandering in the wilderness" May 25th,2012. A friend stored them in their yard. Now this week, Friday to be exact, I will be using them in my new apartment for dining room chairs. They still need sanding & painting and I still have to make the cushions, but they will now be done.
Tommorrow is the beginning of reconstruction, of a new time. Its rather appropiate, don't you think, that it starts at the close of one year, that I do not want to repeat & the beginning of a fresh new one that lies wide open waiting for me to put my print on, my design, my hope, my peace.
I am not looking for my old life, that ship has sailed, that bell has rung. But I will have my new life that will begin. Tomorrow.