Friday, March 4, 2016

March 5, 2016 ~ Weezie and Genie in Purple and Lavender

"Don't walk behind me: I may not lead.
Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend."
~Albert Camus

These two girls represent my best friend, Weezie, and me. She and I have been best friends for 50 years, reared out children together, lived across the street from one another (I actually lived in the home in which she grew up), and now she is in an extended care facility with serious RA and after having had heart attacks, a stroke, and now she is having memory problems. My husband is taking me to see her Mar. 9 and 10 (it's too far for me to drive alone) because I an so afraid she could become more ill if I wait too long. These little pictures that I draw are my way of dealing with my sadness and a way to keep our happy times together alive and doing well. We were so close and our two families were like one extended family. She is the Godmother of my middle child, and he and his wife named their daughter, Eloise, for her. This little building reminds me of some of the flats in Cancun and in Ireland (two of our trips together) and San Juan. They were all painted pastel colors, had window boxes with flowers, and so very pretty. Many had the little balconies on the second floor.

Here are 2 photos of taken as we were leaving for Ireland in 1996, and the other is the last photo I have of the two of us taken at the nursing home in early 2015.

 It is so hard to believe that this was taken almost 20 years ago.

This was taken at the nursing home in Asheville, NC.


  1. kisses from Germany! P.

  2. Oh, how sweet to have such a long friendship. Sad she is getting old in a different way as you. I saw a friend from primary school this week after 36 years!

  3. Hard to see this happen but glad you are getting to visit

  4. Hello Genie
    So many years of friendship is just wonderful.
    Greetings Sadie

  5. A wonderful journal page, good friend are keepers. I love the quote and recently used it on a page in a scheduled post.

  6. Oh, Genie, I love it, but I love the pics of the two of you. How wonderful that you have had a friend that long and that you have got to do such fun stuff together!

  7. So eine Freundschaft ist doch etwas
    wertvolles, tolle Fotos und eine super
    Zeichnung !

    Liebe Grüsse

  8. I know how important Weezie is to you. I am glad you are going to see her. She will be so happy to see you. I hope the visit and your travels go well. Hugs

  9. What a very pretty illustration, I love the two girls at the windows, the window boxes and the flowers, and the house is a lovely town house. So sorry to hear about your friend, it's very nice to see the two of you together.

  10. Art and friends are great blessings thank you for giving us a touch of both. How awesome it is to have a fifty year friendship. Your painting is wonderful it is filled with happiness & love, very inspirational.

  11. Well, this art piece is pure delight!!! And You 2 ladies are such fun, makes me smile!!!

  12. Good friends are keepers. Long time and your still faithful. You made her day I am sure. Poor darling. She is in a good place for to be cared right?

    Your art work is really good. I enjoyed your story for sure.

  13. Oh Genie it is so hard to see a good friend having such difficulty; I send you good thoughts and wishes for a safe trip to visit your friend. (Though I am so late catching up, you may bave been there and back by now). What a treasure it is to have been close friends for such a long time. I am sure Weezie loves to hear how her beautiful namesake is doing. I bet you take wonderful stories of Eloise when you go to see her.

  14. What a wonderful piece and the story is priceless
    Thanks so much for participating in this challenge