BLESSED IN PARADISE
Our wedding’s less than two weeks away and David’s and my life is topsy turvy. After just four months living on Highland, we’re moving again and working the steps for settling into our Paradise on Sycamore.
While I’m gathering teachers for artCamp and prepping for June’s Annual Membership Exhibition, today I’m beginning to create a bit of household order. David’s teaching at Carthage High School,
Rolled around giant pvc pipes and secured with twine, the two very large, very heavy Karastans are carried up our steps, across our porch and deposited in our dining room among chairs scattered helter skelter and randomly stacked boxes in various stages of unpacking. I’m extra eager for David to come home, so together we can admire our good fortune delivered with these treasures.
Coming to us as wedding gifts from David’s Aunt Martha, these beauties have been stored in Colorado after years of resting in Martha’s home beside the Los Alamos River. From the stories Aunt Martha told us during our recent visit with her, these are like the long, lush and richly patterned marriage she shared with Leroy, the love of her life. Leroy became enchanted with Martha when she was two.
After Martha and her siblings lost their mother, while their dad was at work, David’s father, Wally, looked after his brothers and little sister, Martha LaVern. Some days Wally would take them to play at Leroy’s house where home baked treats and loving hugs were abundant. Martha and Leroy (ten years older) were naturals together. When she went to school, he walked her home. Truly childhood sweethearts, walking down the aisle was their destiny.
Just as my David writes love songs for me, Leroy, a writer, wrote and published poems for his cherished, stunningly beautiful wife, Martha. He obviously adored her. She flourished in his attention. Their home was filled with love and respect and caring. I pray ours may be so blessed.
artCentral, at home in Hyde House, is certainly blessed with the generous caring given by lovers of art who’ve donated to artCentral’s Sustaining Fund during Give Carthage Day. Thank you for your generosity.
See April and Lowell’s “Dad and Daughter: Dynamic Duo” at Hyde House, 1110 East Thirteenth in Carthage, during gallery hours through this concluding weekend ahead: Friday & Saturday 12:00-5:00, Sunday 1:00-5:00. The public is invited. Admission is free. Donations to receive the doorprize, Lowell’s and April’s collaborative painting, are welcome.