WISH YOU WERE HERE
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An original colored pencil on linen board 22 x 30 inches by June Pauline Zent
This drawing features my youngest daughter Adieren Roark. The setting is Helen, Georgia, USA. The river runs right through the center of the town.It is very picturesque and made to resemble an old German village. If you get a chance it is worth a visit.
Before he left for California he said, ” Promise me that you will not believe anything that you read or anything that is said about me until we talk and I tell you that it is the truth. I will do the same for you; that way no one can come between us.” I promised but he did not keep this vow. We talked about when the movie was finished he would come home and we would take a vacation together. He had bought a house in California which bothered me. He said,” It’s just a house, my home is in Jupiter.” We talked about building a home together in the future and he told me about an exciting dream involving me that he had the night before. I said; “You must have a very good imagination.” He laughed, ” I do honey, I do.”
It was a record cold winter in South Florida. We actually had freezing temperatures for over a week. It was strange to see ice sickles hanging from palm trees. He worried about the electricity failing and kept calling. I reassured him that I had gone out and bought more blankets and we would be fine. I said,” You are busy and you don’t need to worry about us.” That angered him and he raised his voice. ” I want to worry about you, thank you very much! Don’t tell me not to worry.”
The cold passed, February arrived and we were approaching Valentine’s Day. Naturally I had nothing to give him except the second drawing of Mike and Gen’s hands so I mailed it to California. I had previously hinted that I wanted another little silver football to hang around my neck on a chain like when we were ” going steady” as kids. He didn’t take the hint, instead he called early Valentine’s Day morning and asked if I watched The Mike Douglas Show. Of course I usually did. He said, “Watch it this morning” So I tuned in the channel and waited.
It started out as usual but then Mike announced that Tammy Wynette would be today’s guest. When she entered the set he asked her questions about her beach home in Jupiter and talked about having dinner there recently. Then he mentioned her huge fireplace and a painting hanging over the mantel referring to it as the ” most touching piece of artwork” that he had ever seen.” My God! he was talking about They Walked Together and went on to explain that Burt Reynolds had given it to her for Christmas. I very nearly passed out when he spoke about me: giving my name and stating that I would be a guest on his show very soon.
Just the idea that Buddy would do this for me was overwhelming and so exciting that when he called to get my reaction I stuttered trying to talk. But a short time later another call from Buddy’s attorney friend Bobby Collins was disturbing. He wanted to make another appointment to discuss plans for management of my artwork. I was still so excited that I blurted out how thrilled I was with Buddy’s Valentine’s gift. “You mean Mike and Tammy talked about your artwork on the show? Did he mention your name?” He was obviously shocked and speechless for a few seconds when I said, ” Not just that , he is going to have me as a guest on his show!”
I was a little uneasy at his reaction expecting him to offer congratulations but he said again, “He actually gave your name and an invitation for you to be on the show? ” Yes, yes, and isn’t it exciting? I am so thrilled that Buddy has done this for me!” At that point he had to take another call not mentioning the appointment that he had talked about. But I was to learn later why his reaction was only shock.
I will tell you all about it in continuing Ten. Hope to see you here!
Just read this part 9. Can’t wait til part 10. Very interesting! Keep writing! 🙂 And the picture you drew makes me want to go visit there!
Thank you sharon. You are usually the first one to read and comment and I appreciate it very much. Yes, If you can go there it’s really nice.
“wish you were here,” so serene. The way you capture the water, I can almost hear it.
What a sweet compliment Zee. Thanks for coming here to say it!
Oh no! Sounds like a storm is brewing underneath….. you always know when to stop at the right cliffhangers and keep us all hanging! I love that your painting features your daughter and her expression fits perfectly with the title of “Wish You Were Here.” 🙂
Lillian, You have a sixth sense about this story. My PC was down and I am way behind on everything. So many post to read so little time! That’s why I am late with this one. So glad that you like the painting and I will get the next one out sooner!
Please don’t make us wait too long! We’re really hanging here…
Sorry Maggie, I am late because of computer problems but I will get the next one out soon. I am being told that I should get a Mac now that I will have to buy a new one. what do you think?
I have a Mac and I love it.
WooHooooooo Maggie, You, my sister and my daughter above. All macs so far!
fingers crossed till then JUne! The painting above is so real and stunning! your daughter looks very much like you! might be you were same her in your young days!
Absolutely Soumya, she looks like my childhood pictures made better. Thanks for the compliments on the painting. I almost didn’t get this one out because of computer crashes. Looking for a new computer now. Do you have a PC or a Mac?
A PC dear! I find it more comfortable on it!
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That painting, June, is beautiful. Your daughter too.
Thank you sweet man. I always look forward to your comments and I am starting to catch up on blogs . Also looking for a new computer.Do you like a Mac or a PC? I will pass your compliment on to my daughter!
June you always leave us hanging at just the moment when we need to hear more. You are good my sister, but then I always knew that. Your writing is excellent and leaves us waiting for more., more, more. Love
I am very happy that you like the post but I might have to get another computer before I can do much else. waiting for Berrie and Iryna to get back from Europe. He might be able to help keep this one going. You will get more as soon as I can.Love you
Gorgeous movement in the water, miss…
I am very glad that you think so and took the time to come here and say it!
The lovely words merge so well with the beautiful painting!
Thanks a lot!
Thank you for your compliments and the visit. Your post always lift my day!
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Please don’t make us wait too long! We’re really hanging here…with love maxima
You sweet man! I am trying but remember I am not the accomplished writer that you are and it takes me more time. Besides this part is kind of important and I have to get it right!
Can’t wait for the next installment! 🙂
So glad that you will be here. I am doing my best being computer challenged but I will get it done ; I appreciate your attention to my blog and I certainly appreciate yours! Cheers!
Looking at the painting you can almost see the water flowing in the river.
What an awesome comment LB. I do try to make it as real as I can and a little beyond real. That’s why I call my style Romantic Realism. Your attention to my blog is very much appreciated! Bloggers like you help me to keep going and You can count on me to keep tuned into your awesome blog.!
Excellently written and the painting looks fabulous! 🙂
Thank you so much Rahul. Your approval is very important to me and I am happy to see you here.
Thank you so much Waldo for your compliments and guidance to your blog. I certainly will check everything out. I do need the confused block and thanks for coming here!
Hahahah! Glad to know that you value a TEENAGER’s approval on your space, Madam. You’re most welcome, Artzent.
I just started seeing your blog. Amazing artwork. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Artists are amazing people; first because of their skill and second for their ability to put feelings in their work. I see you visited “The Inebriate” on my blog. If you wish to start at the beginning of the series go here:
On any of my posts there is a block named “CONFUSED?” Click on this to find out where each series starts.
Thanks again for sharing your artwork and thank you for visiting my blog. Wally
Thank you so much for your compliments and for coming here. I will certainly visit your blogs and thanks for the confused block; That will be helpful. I really got a kick out of “Inebriate”
Haven’t ‘seen’ you for a while, hope all is well. 🙂