I’ve heard Judge Judy use this adage ‘No good deed goes unpunished’ and it had never chimed with me. I couldn’t see how it could be so. It just didn’t sit well in my book of understanding.
Until yesterday. Out again, and sitting down with a coffee, L and her mother coming along with a couple of their friends or family… they pass by me within some 8 ft. Literally HAVE to walk past me. Was I wrong to expect L to tell me that she’d hung the picture somewhere nice? Or come and speak, even for a moment? Anyhow, I’m sat there. They stop to look at a shop front then carry on. As they have walked slightly past, L turns and gives me a little bit of a wave and says they’re hurrying to get back before it rains… Hmmm… time to look at a shop window (farmer’s shop – vegetables and fruit in the window) but no time to say ‘hello, how are you? Hung the picture up (insert location) …da de da. Maybe my expectations were too high. Maybe I shouldn’t expect anything, even friendly recognition for something given away freely. I just don’t know. But I also saw them stand chatting for another 15 minutes before they went their separate ways as well….
So, still know my art was /is valued. But have learned a big lesson. When people show you who they really are, believe them. And I now understand the meaning behind ‘No good deed goes unpunished’.