Last Fire in the Living Room


Last Fire in the Living Room
Last Fire in the Living Room


The Dream: Last Fire in the Living Room

We are in the process of trying to move my mom out of the house she and my dad moved into over 40 years ago. It’s been difficult and traumatic for all six kids and for mom, but with me being so far away from New Jersey, I’ve been having lots of anxiety about this new phase in our lives. I dreamed that I was in mom’s living room and all of the furniture was gone, no pictures on the walls, which were painted white. I don’t even think that the carpet was there anymore. There was a pile of big brown leaves from the tree out front that had blown into the room and sort of drifted up against the fireplace, which was in a different location and was cold and dark. As I stood there, a little area of the leaves in the middle of the room caught on fire and I tried to stomp it out with my shoe.

(mixed media shrine using cigar boxes, corrugated cardboard, acrylics, wood pieces, shrink plastic, light element, picture frame, brown paper bag, beaded trim)

4 thoughts on “Last Fire in the Living Room”

    1. I was pretty awed by the imagery of the dream and the representation of what it all meant in my life. Luckily, it seems we have had a bit of a reprieve on selling the house, so I may get to go home at least once more before it’s gone.

  1. I’m trying to remember where you mother lives in NJ. I think it might be in the Ramsey area? We used to live in northern NJ but moved to Somerset NJ (central NJ) a year ago. Is there anything I can do to help with your Mom’s move. It’s only about an hour or so to get back up there.

    1. Judy, she lives in Mahwah. Thanks for your offer — that’s a long drive! I appreciate it, but as mom always says, this is why she had so many kids — to help her to do stuff. haha! she’ll be fine. 🙂

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