|"These Turbulent Skies" ©Mary Montague Sikes|
According to the notice, Polly Nunn was retrieving something that fell from her vehicle when she was killed on a Virginia highway last Saturday. That same day, we passed a vehicle pulled over by the median on I-95 in North Carolina. The driver was getting out to retrieve an object lying in the passing lane of the Interstate. Traffic on I-95 is crazy. A vehicle parked partially out in the roadway is a danger not only to itself but to all the cars and trucks flying along at 80 mph. How important is an object compared to a life?
Artists can be careless. We sometimes have big paintings and other objects that don't fit in our vehicles, so we tie them to the roof. A painting is precious. If it comes loose, we might never consider leaving it to its fate in the path of other vehicles. However, we should think hard before taking a chance to retrieve art or any other material object from a dangerous location.
Life is precious. One careless moment, and it is over.
Handle with care...