Special Delivery, collage/acrylic, 4 x 4
Elizabeth W. Seaver
Soon, (but not too soon, his grandma would say) this painting will be on its way to Ohio where first time parents are awaiting the birth of their child. "Grandma" is a great pal of mine in Fredericksburg, and she and Grandpa will take it to their daughter and son-in-law when the baby comes. I sent it with best wishes to the mom and dad to celebrate their little "special delivery," due any time within the next three weeks.
I wanted to make sure I spelled the parents' names right on the card, so I checked the spelling with my friend. She asked me why I wasn't putting the BABY'S name on the card. I had to stop and think about it for a minute.
And then I remembered. I loved having my babies (well, not the pregnancy.......and, not the birth so much, but the baby itself--well, that was heaven!!) But I did notice an amazing phenomenon at the moment of the birth of each of my sons. In a flash, I went from being the sacred vessel of the hope and future of the family to "old what's her name." And I wasn't looking any too swift, either, so they cropped in really close when they shot the pictures to ease out the hag and to make sure the new, cute one filled the frame.
So, I told Lynette that this was for the parents, because Riley was going to get lots of loot and oodles of attention.
I can't wait to hold him so I hope they come for Christmas. Before they get here, I'll practice saying Riley's parents' names, and remind myself to say hello to them, too!