Right then you art nerds,
I’ve recently taken up the term ‘Mother of Pearls and Darkness and All Things Holy’ when injured or frustrated.. and by recently I mean it’s been a year now, at least.
In any case..
I was wondering if any of you artsy people would be interested in attempting to draw such a deity?
Feel free to try it if you’d like, I’d love to see any interpretations.
I bundled up receipts that I wanted to keep from my France trip and slide them into a Christmas-Starbucks cup sleeve, tied up with baker’s twine and a cute tag from a White Stuff purchase. I clipped this onto a small French Sephora bag I have as another pocket.
On the left, I did a messy outline of France and labelled some of the main spots I visited on my trip. The EuroStar train is the upper corner with some Paris Metro tickets. The map is underneath a clear pocket so I was able to stick a more Christmas-y themed paper in there and journal on the back of.
School starts back up today and the holidays are officially over!
I’d like to make this my last entry in Simon Says, Anything Goes challenge: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-11/
The Vampire Diaries- "It's a story of Elena falling in love with Damon to the same extent that she is in love with Stefan" - L.J. Smith
“It’s a story of Elena falling in love with Damon to the same extent that she is in love with Stefan”——-
This is something we have to remember. It’s not about whether she loves Stefan or Damon. She loves them both and we’ve watched two individual love stories. The difference is how she loved them and how her relationship with one and being in love with them affected her life and who she is for each. It’s the journey and growth of her character in the end. That right there is what makes this ridiculous and confusing show bearable for me.
When growing up we all go through this. We explore, we lose ourselves, dive into our desires, test the waters, and we grow but only from that, do we truly know and find out who we are and what we want. I can understand that, and after that, it makes it more believable to me that Elena truly knows who she wants and who she is.
We’ve all seen Elena change and last week I was thinking that it wasn’t just that she changed, it started to seem like she is who she is depending on who she is with. This confirmed in my head that we are still going through that life transition of her finding out who she is. And to be honest 6x02 felt like the third point of the triangle, closure for delena. She fell in love with Stefan, and then she fell in love with Damon and now moving forward will be about her finding herself, her journey back to who ever her core really is and who ever that core really loves.
That is why I have no doubt in Stelena. She fell for him instantly, as if it was something deeper than memories and desires, as if it was already apart of her, something eternal. That was the one thing she was always sure of and never doubted, that she lovedhim. Even in 2x20, when Elena and Stefan were at the top of the mountain talking through her existential crisis, the moments before death when she had to come to terms with where she stood in life, she says, “he doesn’t really know what love is and to be honest I don’t know if I do. I’m seventeen years old. How do I know any of this yet. I know that I love you Stefan, I know that" She understood that she was too young to supposed to know what love is, and even then, she knew she loved him. She was madly in love with him with out any uncertainty. He is her core, her forever.
I’ve been seeing this floating around a lot, and for good reason; it’s thee declaration to the fundaments of their relationship and their love.
"Elena could not and would not separate from Stefan” (With out some supernatural force)
“I didn’t feel comfortable letting her let go of what is pure in her heart, which is Stefan" May I repeat: which is Stefan.
That is soo meaningful and that kind of love is ‘Epic’. And True. True Love.
I never could understand why anyone would want that kind of love jeopardized, tarnished, or discredited.. As a fan of the show, crazy about Damon or not, why would you want to ruin that? Don’t get me wrong, I get the appeal of Damon Salvatore, the sexy, exciting, dangerous bad ass. I get the appeal of Delena: Elena being allured to his darkness. That’s the 1st point of their love story. Again with the quote from above, ”I didn’t feel comfortable letting her let go of what is pure in her heart, which is Stefan, to explore the darker sides of her impulses“ Once again, EXPLORE. This is part of her transition process I explained above, her exploration in life to find out who she is and what she really wants. As exciting and dimensional this chapter might be, it really is just a stepping stone to her true self, a rightful passage.
Julie Plec once responded to a Stelena shipper on twitter about something. She said something along the lines of this, ”You must have never fell for the bad boy. It’s confusing and it hurts.“ Their relationship is a life lesson. Something we all go through. At the same time, for once she was able to be selfish, let loose, lose her self, part of the exploration process before growth. He allowed her to explore her darker impulses, which she needed. And she succeeded in this; this relationship served it’s purpose, the ending, the closure to it’s story.
The second point to their love story is that Damon needed to be loved. It wasn’t truly about Elena and Damon being in love together. Damon seen how compassionate she was and seen what her and Stefan had; he knew she was capable of giving that to him and needed that more than anything, to be loved, in order to finally be complete in life, in order to fill that dark deep hole in him to finally grow and be his own person. And with this also, it was succeeded; this relationship served it’s purpose, the ending. At the end of 5x22, "Damon finally had what he wanted in life. He was happy.” The closure to it’s story.
Their love has always come from selfishness and what they gain from eachother. Elena needed him to be able to peek into the dark, needed things to be about her for once without worrying about others or doing the right thing, and from her, he was able to be loved, for once.
Their 4x23 scene said everything about what going into that relationship meant to them
Damon: I wanted to apologize…
Damon: Let me finish. I said I wanted to. And then I realized, I’m not sorry.
Elena: You would rather die than be human, and you expect me to be okay with that?
Damon: I didn’t say you were supposed to be okay with it, I just said I’m not sorry. But you know what I really am? Selfish, because I make bad choices that hurt you. Yes, I would rather have died than be human. I’d rather die right now than spend a handful of years with you, only to lose you when I’m too old and sick and miserable and you’re still you. I’d rather die right now than spend my last final years remembering how good I had it and how happy I was, because that's who I am, Elena, and I’m not gonna change. And there’s no apology in the world that encompasses all the reasons that I’m wrong for you.
Elena: Fine, then I’m not sorry either. I’m not sorry that I met you. I’m not sorry that knowing you has made me question everything, that in death you’re the one that made me feel most alive. You’ve been a terrible person, you’ve made all the wrong choices, and of all the choices that I’ve made this will prove to be the worst one. But I am not sorry that I’m in love with you. I love you, Damon.
So pretty much what was said
Damon: I’m not sorry I destroyed your life because I want what I want. This is about my needs. End of story.
Elena: I’m not sorry about the good things you did for me or the bad. I’m not sorry that everything is wrong and that this is a bad decision because I want what I want. I want to be free from caring about what is wrong and right.
lol i really am trying not to be an asshole, but the majority of their declarations make me laugh because the writing and parallels are showing just how shallow this relationship is… It’s like the little puddles you step through to get to the street.
Anyway, It’s incredibly enticing when someone will be selfish for you, always choose you, you over everything, when they are obsessed with you. You. You. You. I’ve fallen for guys that were obsessed with me, simply because of that; It made me feel good because it was all about me. It really had nothing to do with him or us. And it’s not really right to want to be with someone because of your selfishness. “He makes me feel free.” because there is no fundaments to their relationship as long as he has her, anything goes. No one is challenging her to be a better person or to find strength in doing the right things by other people and by herself but in elena’s selfish and exploring phase she lets herself relish this. In damon’s side we know that he gets what he wants at any cost, any cost of hers as long as she’s alive so he don’t have to live without her. It’s not about being in love, again, it’s about him being loved.
In 2x20 Damon doesn’t want to lose her. He is hell bent against her decision.
Elena: It’s my life, Damon. My choice
Damon: I can’t lose you
Even though it goes against everything she wants, he forces blood down her throat so he don’t lose her at her cost. To him, it’s obviously not about her life, her choices and dreams, it’s about his.
Later at the top of the hill with Stefan, Elena says, “But he did this to me, Stefan, which means he doesn’t really know what love is.” Because real love is not about gain, and being selfish; it’s not a one sided thing. It’s a very mutual understanding of each other and caring of each other. You fall in love with people for who they are but then real deep love you fall in love with the way you love each other, it opens yourself up completely. You feel 100% safe because the way you’re loved and everything in you is understood, like looking in a mirror. You don’t have to worry about the constant struggle of his needs against yours, or your family and friends safety because he only thinks of you or because you guys have a big disagreement. Don’t get me wrong, no relationship is perfect but it can be more workable if it’s two of you in it together for each other.
Even past all that, I don’t think Delena will ever leave a pleasant taste in the general audience’s mouth. As general viewer, and not a crazed fan of damon, I don’t think you can ever feel him transcend fully to redemption as long as he’s still reeking the benefits of his betrayal to his brother. He destroyed his brothers life by taking away the very thing that made him whole. The beautiful love he shared was snatched out from under him. And believe me, we want his true redemption; we want to like him, but that pit still lingering there makes it hard, absolutely even if you don’t 'ship’ Stelena. It’s the principal. And the other thing is, we’ve always known he was madly in love with katherine. He was always begging to be loved, and we know this with Elena too. But now that he has finally experienced this and no longer 'needs’ to be loved, it would be really rewarding for him to find someone he can fall in love because he fell in love and not because he needed to. With someone he fell in love with on their own, he would be with someone that is actually for him. True love. And again, we do want these things. (I am seriously routing for this Bamon thing)
So with all the transitions of their journey a side, Elena and Stefan represented so much. Beauty, pure love, friendship, hope, unshakable power couple fighting for their friends and the better of this world and fighting outside influences to stay together. It was powerful. And they were young lovers. They were coined soul mates from the very beginning and even sense this we have been shown parallels and given dialogue that tells you they are the same person. That they are two sides to the same coin. That they belong together. Imagine how beautiful it will be if after all these horrendous life events and obstacles that has made them lost, they find their way back to each other. Like a magnet. Like gravity. ;)
No matter what, I will always be able to see the unearthy power in them that most people in life are not lucky enough to experience or understand.
ok so I can't stop thinking about Kent Parson participating in the NHL All-Star "Anything Goes" Breakaway challenge, would he try too hard at overly intricate stick handling/juggling the puck and have to maintain 100% chill after he messes up? would incorporate Tater and score the goal while sitting on his shoulders? would he break out his blonde wig, fake snake, and his slinkiest dance moves and go full Britney Spears tribute? inquiring minds need 2 know
oh my god i’m crying imagining this it’s so funny
he would totally go all out. he’s so Dramatic it would be amazing
he’d definitely drag tater into it. he’d be up on those giant shoulders holding his hockey stick like a fucking javelin and tater would flick up the puck into the air and kent would just lob his stick blindly forward at the puck in mid air
but u gotta remember my boy kenny p got mad skill so that shit would go flying past price’s head (mainly bc my poor goalie woulda jumped tf out of the way when he saw the monster that is alexei mashkov skating towards him at high speed with Actual Cackling Goblin kent parson wielding a hockey stick)
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