“Life must be understood backward; but… it must be lived forwards.”
Towel Dude – 5″ x 10″ Watercolor
As you may have already guessed, this towel creature was from
Astrid’s cruise. It also was white on a
white background. I had fun
playing with the light and shadows in pink and blue.
Born 5 May 1813, Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was the seventh and youngest
child of Michael Pedersen Kierkegaard. Søren’s father, Michael, was
retired at the time of his son’s birth, having achieved a relatively
comfortable position in his community.
Michael had risen from serfdom to the new merchant class of Europe.
Michael had been a shepherd, with little in the way of possessions.
Michael’s success came from his work as a wool trader. Having been a
shepherd, he had a keen understanding of wool, which he parlayed into
success as an exporter. He amassed a fortune quickly, something he
considered proof he was cursed… a theme running throughout his life and
that of his children. However, Michael did want to use his wealth for
good causes and for his family. As part of this new middle class,
Michael wanted his sons to attend universities and prove even more
Kierkegaard’s mother was Michael’s second wife, a former maid to the
family. This second marriage took a great toll on the religious Michael.
He had consumated the relationship with his maid shortly after his
first wife died. He believed this act of “weakness” further angered God
and increased the punishments he and the Kierkegaard family would
experience. Michael never forgave himself — or his second wife — for the
transgression. More of this biography…