A nice story

I love a nice story. And I have one to share with you.

Awhile back I offered to donate a pet portrait as a fundraiser for a group (Red Head Strays helping cats strut) that works tirelessly to rescue and foster cats. In thought I would have completed the painting in January,but Mother Nature had other ideas. I think you know the story. Snow. Rain. Flash freezing. And of course, pretty sure you know how this went - the basement and studio mess as a result.

Lilly and Bernie by Helen Shideler

The story goes like this

Once upon a time there were two little girls who liked to swing on swings, giggle and talk. Some of the things they talked about were the Beetles and their two amazing hits: I want to hold your hand and She loves you yeah yeah yeah. And so one of the little girls taught the other about the all important pop music and what one must know. Then the little girls sang a lot while swinging.

And the memories are warm and wonderful.

Flash forward

In the aftermath of the winter house mess, we were finally ready to start moving around the boxes of stuff around in our house and go through them. What stays? What goes? What I had been looking for and really missing. Like all my paints and art supplies! My acrylics paints emerged and I could finally start the painting that a very patient person won in a draw.

Once I had the painting finished, I reached out to the winner to say hey, guess what. A couple hours went by and her name registered with me. Could this be the girl I had such fond childhood memories of?

And it was. Say what you want about social media, but this was a fun encounter made possible by Facebook. Karma and the universe move in a wonderful synchronized way.

I am happy to have been able to paint her fur babies Lilly and Bernie!

Life is so good