Yesterday was my third “appearance” at the Genny Wood Art Show in Bullard, TX with my mother. I enjoy the annual trip and experience. I’ve gotten to know some of the folks that my mom call friend and each year I do see a bit of what we would call “community”. I’m usually impressed with this “community”. They care and they don’t mind sharing it or showing it. These people work hard and care deeply.
But what I was also more aware of was the true appreciation for my mother’s art that I saw. You see, she has Essential Tremor.
Also known as familial tremor, benign essential tremor or hereditary tremor, essential tremor (ET) is a neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs or trunk. It is often confused with Parkinson’s disease and dystonia.
My sister and I have e beginnings of it. So we know, potentially, what our lives may look like in 20 years if our ET progresses at the same rate that our mother’s has. A daunting perspective and one that I can only hope to handle as well as my mother has with her perspective of positive all around.
Here is a photo of her in our booth. You can see some of her work on the left side.