Some people think the most important phrases to learn in a new language are “Please,” “Thank you,” “Direct me to the washroom,” “I am in pain,” and “How much does this cost?”
Those are all very useful, but for me, what I most want to learn to say in any language is “I don’t know.”
Because I never do.
Right now I don’t know how many paintings I’ll have for my May show or how I’ll manage to bring the one on my easel right now to a satisfactory resolution.
I don’t know what the paintings will be “about” (and some one is bound to ask me that-ugh) or what I’ll title my show.
I’m tempted to call it “More Paintings about Rats and Balloons.”
Maybe I’ll resist that urge. Maybe not.
Maybe I just need a good night’s sleep.
I don’t know if that will be possible tonight.
Je ne sais pas.