I've always loved this painting by Andrew Wyeth, ever since I was a kid. I felt so much for Christina-being stuck in a place and no matter how much she tried, she couldn't move past her circumstances. I think I related to it because no matter what, I felt stuck when I was a child-stuck with the fact I had Learning Differences, that I was Special with a capital S.
When I first read Flannery O'Connor's story "Good Country People" when Joy-Hulga is left in the barn after a salesman takes her hollow leg, I thought of Christina-two women stuck in their circumstances and there was nothing they could do.
Yet now when I look at the painting I notice other things as well. How pink and lovely Christina's dress is. How golden the grass is around her. How the house looks so far away, yet it is there. She could make it.
Andrew Wyeth died today at age 91. Thanks Mr. Wyeth, for showing us Christina's World.
Causes Jennifer Gibbons Supports
Gilda's Club, Greenpeace, Rosie's Broadway Kids,Westwind Foster Family Agency, Amber Brown Fund, Linda Duncan Fund for Contra Costa Libraries