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Sunday, November 25, 2012

My Happy Best Day


This is me and my daughter Stephanie. She's a whiz. Really. She recently asked me to come to her job as a manager of the make-up and fragrances counters at the downtown Portland Nordstroms to be the sitting sketch artist at the Jo Malone counter for a day. Wow. This is cool. Like bring your mom to work day. I was a little nervous.

 I paint. My sketching skills are rusty.


It was a little like on the job training. (shh, don't tell!)


Armed with a cheat sheet of London landmarks and the work of previous sketch artists who have gone before me I showed up for work an hour early, a little nervous and excited.


It was so darned much fun. Everyone made me feel at home. Stephanie's co-workers turned out to be as nice and welcoming as my friends in the mixed-media world. I could see that they were all so considerate of each other and so very kind as well.


The 5 hours passed so quickly and enjoyably that I didn't even feel like I was working. I was relaxed. Happy. Really incredibly happy.


The best part was seeing the pride on my daughter's face. It was just like the day I brought cupcakes to school for the entire class. (Do they allow that any more?) How my little girl beamed with pride to show her friends who her mama was. It was that. 


Only a mom could understand.


All the way home the trees were brighter with autumn color, the buildings looked more in focus and as I drove past the Willamette Falls I was faced with this extraordinary sunset reflecting on the river. I think I heard angels singing.

Thank you Stephanie Garber for the most amazing day I could ever imagine. My heart is so full.

 Mother is so proud of you.

30 comments:

Ro Bruhn said...

What a fabulous day Judy, and what a lovely experience, this will live with you as one of those 'do you remember times'. Your sketching looks terrific on the boxes too, I'm sure customers were happy to receive an original piece of art.

Michelle said...

Lovely! I so enjoyed ready this.

Kate said...

What a wonderful day for the both of you. The boxes look fantastic.

Roberta said...

What an interesting idea. You both look so happy!

Leslie said...

Oh my! What a great day! I can see why you're so proud . . . and Stephanie too! Your drawings on the Jo Malone boxes are wonderful. I'd buy one just for the drawing.

Gigi said...

Sounds like so much fun! What a great "take your mom to work" idea!

kim beller said...

You. are. awesome.
beautiful sketches and what a beautiful daughter you have .....
just like her mama :)
looks like such a fun day.
xo


wanda miller said...

my HEART is FULL for YOU, swelling...how wonderfully special for you both! xo
P.S. what a FANTASTICO idea!

Juniper Goods said...

How fun! We're you sketching on the boxes? Yes they do let you bring in cupcakes at my daughters school! Although they prefer fruit and nuts. I love your drawings they are very sharp! :)
Chandra

Brian Kasstle said...

Wonderful sketches! I am sure she is as proud of you as you are of her!

lyle baxter said...

what a treat! And how refreshing to see a daughter proud of her mom instead of the usual "attitude" about stupid parents you see and hear so much of today! Hooray for both of you!

Stephani said...

Just precious Judy, you are both beautify girls!

dorylyn said...

Aren't children just wonderful!!! I am so proud of my 3! What a beautiful daughter you have!

Kathy said...

Oh Judy, what a wonderful day! As mothers we work hard at encouraging our children's talents and holding them up to be admired. It feels amazing to have that go the other direction and know that they recognize our talents, as well. A day like that is a gift to be remembered.

Michele said...

What a wonderful post! You look so happy with your beautiful daughter. Hello, friend, from Jaipur. XO

Loretta a/k/a Mrs. Pom said...

THAT IS SO COOL - on all levels!

Lynn Cohen said...

What a couple of beauties you are! And how fun to sit and draw in public that way! Of course she is proud to show off her talented mom! And you equally proud of her! SWEET!

MB Shaw said...

Awe, she is so pretty, just like you :) How fun this must have been. And I adore Jo Malone, ooh la la.

Marit said...

What a treasure a day like that is. Oh yes, I know the feeling. There's nothing better!

kerri said...

What a happy post. It is a wonderful thing when your kids invite you into their lives. Not because they have to, but because they want to. :)

Kim Henkel said...

What lovely sketches on these beautiful boxes! Love them! I also love the story. Being a mom I get it of course... even made me teary eyed. I love being a mom! I can see you do to.

Pam K said...

That was a heart full kind of day!!! She sounds as beautiful inside as she is outside.
You should be proud of yourself for raising such a wonderful daughter. Great job Judy!
Love your drawings.

Jenny Lee Wentworth said...

Oh, the boxes are darling and so are you! Gorgeous pic of you and your girl♥ That happy smile is contageous, good medicine for a gray rainy day.

Love love love
Jenny :)

barefoot muse said...

Truly wonderful sketches Judy, and a beautiful daughter, much like her mama. A lovely post!

Amanda said...

Joy!

Linda Jordan said...

Your sketches are great!! Sounds like tons of fun :)

Parabolic Muse said...

This is outstanding! In your field!!
Your daughter is a chip off the block, baby!
And you did so well, I bet you get into the college of your choice.

But turn down Harvard. I had to do that eventually. Take my word for it; they won't leave you alone unless you're firm with them.

liz elayne lamoreux said...

Love this story so much. And your ponytail makes me smile big time over here.

www.birdandblue.typepad.com said...

Thank you so much for sharing this. As a mom of grown daughters who make me proud, I feel your joy.

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