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An Unexpected Surprise

Mother’s Day is nearly three weeks away, and as usual I’m struggling to decide what gift to buy my mom. If you’ve read “The Broken Energizer Bunny” or read “About Me” and how she’s taken care of me my entire life, and especially over these months since my illness and recovery, you know how important she is to me and how close we are. This year I had to come up with something that she would never ever think that I would buy her and what I bought for her this year, is going to knock her socks off.

Mom loves art — all types from the Masters to the abstract and obscure. She also loves movies — the old ones from the 1940s and 1950s. The gift I have for her this year is a perfect blend of both. Her favorite artist is Gary Saderup who creates beautiful portraits in charcoal of celebrities from all walks of life — movie stars. musicians, and athletes. If you’re not familiar with the name, google it, and you’ll be amazed at the life-like quality of the portraits.

After receiving a catalog via email, I found the perfect portrait, and today I called to place the order. A man answered the phone, and we chatted about my mom’s love for the artist’s work (she’s had a portrait of Charlie Chaplin that she absolutely loves, since the late 70s, which I found out today was his first portrait he’d created). The man took all the necessary information to place my order, guaranteeing that it would be here by the middle of next week. As I was ready to end the call, I remembered some advice that my dad had given me, “Always get the name of the person you’re talking to. It’s good business, and it will help if you need to contact them again”.

So I asked the man’s name, and he replied, “Gary”. My heart began to beat a bit faster.

I asked, “Sir, am I speaking to the artist Gary Saderup?”

He replied, “Yes dear lady, you are!”

I’d definitely call that an unexpected surprise, wouldn’t you?

Can hardly wait until May 10th to be able to relay today’s events to my mom. I’m sure she’ll be just as surprised as I.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM! 😀

 

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