A New Title

I have had many different titles in life. Being a daughter, sister or friend were titles I didn’t give a lot of thought too. They didn’t feel like special titles, but more about the roles in life that I found myself in.

As I entered the adult world and began my work life there were more titles that came with different responsibilities. Titles that would define my position in the agency I worked for. Titles taken away when I retired. But in 1988 I got a new title. One that I still have today. It is one of my most cherished of titles. I’m called grandma.

So when I learned that two dear friends of mine were becoming grandma and grandpa for the very first time, I wanted to do something special. They have sent us pictures of their granddaughter when she was born, her first day in child care and her first tooth. Yep, I remember well the excitement of those moments.

So here’s to you Grandma and Grandpa. Enjoy your new titles. Enjoy making memories. Enjoy the laughs and hugs. Especially enjoy the kisses and the cuddles. That is the very very best thing about this new title.

I love to hear “Grandma I miss you”, which makes me so glad I lived to enjoy this moment. ❤️

When they Believe

It’s wonderful to have others love what I paint. It is especially heart felt when my granddaughters think I’m so awesome of an artist I could get rich selling what I create. The life of an artist is never about the money. Each piece created is a journey. I’m asking myself if this looks right or should I start over. I know the more I paint the better I become. I am teaching my young granddaughters the joy of creating and I’m always saying “perfect is boring”. In their minds if it isn’t perfect it’s ugly. I hope they are listening when I tell them not to worry about bring perfect.

Recently we went to see the movie Cruella. We all enjoyed the film. There was a collective love of these little black and white puppies not knowing how anyone could hurt them. My granddaughters are big animal lovers especially for dogs.

We are packing up to drive our youngest granddaughter home the next day. It will be an all day trip. My granddaughter turns and asks “Grandma can you paint me a Dalmatian puppy before we go?” Honey, there’s no time we leave tomorrow. This grandma has a hard time denying such a simple request. I told her I would try.

So I always have a ton of art supplies handy for any of the kids that want to create. I had a canvas board from the Dollar Tree and a frame from St. Vincent. Let’s do this.

She was all smiles when we hit the road. Grandma you are amazing. This is why I paint.

The Wisdom of Children

I love talking with my granddaughter’s. Yesterday we were talking about gross food we have eaten and gross food we would never eat like frog legs, fish heads and cow feet. This morphed into discussing the mounting of dead animal heads onto a wall. When they died their animal spirit is still stuck to this wall grandma!!!!

So she then wanted to tell me a story about a store she stopped at while on spring break. She said this store was selling the tip of a fox’s tail. Not the entire tail just the end. It was very soft. She was going to buy it, but when she grabbed it she felt something hard. It was toe nails. “Grandma” she said, “it wasn’t a fox tail it was a bunny’s foot. There were like 20 bunny feet on a chain in that store!! All those bunnies died because someone wanted their foot!!!!!”

I didn’t have the heart to tell her that a rabbit’s foot is suppose to bring you luck. It sure doesn’t give the bunny luck now did it.

So in memory of all the bunnies who lost their feet this chart explains where it’s ok to pet a bunny. Note: nothing here says it’s ok to cut their little feet off.

For the love of bunny.