Anyone who’s followed this blog for a bit knows that I love painting shiny things. So today was truly a treat, pun intended. Spoons, of course, are always pretty shiny, so all I needed was a shiny dessert to accompany it. I’m realizing now I made the dessert rather large and only included a single spoon, which makes me seem a bit selfish. Were this actually sitting in front of me now, I would happily share it! But those are the things we can always say when not faced with the opportunity to be proven wrong. Truthfully, as much as I love painting desserts, I don’t have them very often. Philippe is currently in the process of making a cherry pie for after dinner this evening so I guess tonight will be my lucky night. And, most of all, I hope all the mothers out there have had a day filled with treats! You certainly deserve to have whatever you like today!
My mother lives in Texas, so I don’t get to see her on Mother’s Day, but I did call her on the phone. I don’t really like talking on the phone so I’m bad about calling as much as I should. When she answered I said, “Are you my mommie?” but instead of chuckling, as she’s grown used to me over the years, she just replied, “I think so.” That was enough confirmation, so I wished her a happy Mother’s Day and we had a nice chat. Apparently, my great-nephew, bears a lot of similarities to me and not simply because he’s also named Charlie. He’s just three, so for each story about that little Charlie, my mother provided one or two about me at that age to show the comparison. I think I’ve already shared most of those on this blog, so I won’t bore you with the details today. But suffice it to say, he is starting to show some of the same traits and engages in the same shenanigans. His mother has no idea what she’s in for next.
I miss seeing my mother more. Distance can be a tough thing, but it never feels like any time has passed. Even though Texas is far closer than Paris where my other family lives, we don’t get to visit more than once a year. But that trip always feels extra special. It strikes me that no matter the distance, a mother is always with you. Every lesson she taught me on how to treat others still guides me today. And every time I’m about to do something particularly dumb, I’m still paused by her voice in my ear whispering, “seriously, Charlie?” I know that we’re both getting older and every minute together is getting that much more precious. In everyone wonderful story I remember from childhood, she always has a role. Sometimes, it’s just a cameo appearance, but she’s still there. And she always will be. That kind of love simply doesn’t ever go away. So, these rare moments when I get to hear her voice, will continue to make me smile. No matter what’s happening in my life, and despite the distance, it’s always a shiny treat.
About the Doodlewash
M. Graham Watercolors: Gamboge, Pyrrol Red, Opera Rose, Burnt Sienna, and Ultramarine Blue. Lamy Safari Al-Star Fountain Pen – Extra Fine, with Platinum Carbon sepia ink and second pen with black ink in an A6 Hahnemühle Watercolor Book.
Creator of Doodlewash®, founder of World Watercolor Month (July), World Watercolor Group™, and host of the Sketching Stuff Podcast. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!