My mother-in-law is a genius! At 96 she lives independently and still does artwork for which she is justly renowned!
Yesterday, Vickie and I took her out to lunch. As we dropped her off I walked through her garage turned gallery where some of her wonderful works hang. I noted two lovely water colors of Vickie and her sister Claudia.
As her son-in-law for 43 years, I thought there should be one of me. So I asked her when she might do it?
Vickie gave me a dagger look, but Stephanie smiled and said, “How about now? Wait here.”
Five minutes later she returned with a towel, a brush, a few tubes of paint, a small dish of water and a small canvas.
“Sit here,” she instructed.
So I sat.
As she began dabbling with the paint, her face transformed. Years, even decades dropped away as she alternately tilted her head this way and that, looked up and down, and smiled. Her beautiful eyes sparkled.
Ten minutes later she handed me the photo at the top of this essay.
I was floored!
For years people have told me that I look like my mother who looked like her father (pictured next to me, above), but I never saw it.
Now I do. Clearly!
With her unique eye and exquisite talent, Stefanie converged the generations. Through her genius I see my Poppy, my mother and me all at once.
Yesterday was the eleventh anniversary of my mother’s death. I miss her terribly. There is a tribute to her (just search for Florence Fuchs) on this blog.
My grandfather died when I was ten, and if you read my essay, “Poppy” (also on this blog), you will know how my mother and I both felt about him.
Now, miraculously, Stefanie has brought us all together again!
It is a priceless gift for which I shall always be grateful!