Saturday, May 9, 2009
Becky and Alice
I want to tell you about the painting of Becky and Alice. When I feel passionate about something painting comes easy. I think that's pretty typical for an artist. Such as the painting of Becky and Alice. I painted it in about 1 hour. Becky was my very best friend from about age 12. We were like glue. You could not break us apart if you tried. She was this amazingly beautiful young girl with crystal blue eyes and straight long beautiful hair. She was the most popular girl in school and everyone adored her (including me!) We did everything together through out junior high school and then through out high school. Although we went to separate colleges, we continued to keep in close contact. We married 3 weeks apart, her to her high school sweetheart, me to my college one. We had our first daughter's 3 weeks apart and they became friends. About 11 yrs. or so after she was married she developed cancer. I'll never forget when she called me to tell me. We both cried like babies on the phone and we both decided that definitely she could fight this and the Lord would just heal her. Well, He did! She lived another 15 yrs. or so! Her faith never faltered not once. After a long battle, we lost Becky in December 2007. It was the first friend I've ever lost and it was the most painful experience of my life. I think about her every day and even though the tears are less frequent, I still find myself choking them back at times. Becky's beautiful sister Alice never left her side - ever. She was the most incredible sister anyone could ask for. I remember speaking to Alice about 3 months after Becky died and asked her how she was doing. She said "I'm okay, I just miss being able to pick up the phone and hear her voice" She said "I would call her and just say, "what cha doin?" and she'd say "nothin"! then we'd just talk about nothin! Anyway, with Mother's Day tomorrow I just wanted to share the story about Becky and Alice to those of you who don't know them. They were both wonderful mother's as well as wonderful sisters and I will always treasure that friendship. I thought this painting was a sweet depiction of their love for one another.