This frame is now empty. A long time ago, this carved wooden frame contains a unique painting of a couple Balinese dancers.
I had it about thirty years ago. At that time I went to Bali with my client group, beyond that and as agreed, my girlfriend at that time, came after she adjusted her schedule with my itinerary. She was a flight attendant.
After the group of clients returned to Jakarta, we enjoyed our time together by visiting several tourist attractions there, as well as to some art galleries and some Balinese friends who were the original Balinese painters. During the visit, one of the painters gave us a special painting of a couple of Bali dancers as a gift. The reason for the gift was a sign of friendship and symbol of the hopeful intimate relationship between the two of us, me and my girlfriend. Several years later, after so many events, and after my girl declared that she was going to marry someone else, and after I was with my whole family attending her wedding party then I kept the painting in the warehouse along with many other kinds of stuff.
Two weeks ago, I and all of my siblings with the rest of their family gathered at my mother’s residence. By the time I went to the warehouse looking for my old photo albums, I found the painting again in very bad condition. What’s left was just a dull frame I brought home after I’d clean it up.
The painting has gone, indeed, but the fragments of the memories would not disappear, though the feeling which binding it had gone together with the entire calendar sheets that have been torn over time. I intend to make this frame beautiful again and replace its contents with another painting.
As we all know, the frame is just a memory, but we do not live in the memory. After that frame, I have so many next frames. How about you?
By the way, have a great weekend!