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Monday, June 10, 2013

And the band begins to play


Setting sun.


Rose bush.


By the light of the Frigidaire.

* Five things about me:

  1. I've never had an iTunes account.
  2. Both of my grandmothers were maids for wealthy Springfield families at the turn of the century (the last century).
  3. Mr. Smith was my seventh grade art teacher.
  4. Tomorrow I will let go of the tree that watched over me most of my life.
  5. I once lived in a place where they referred to the refrigerator as the Frigidaire, even if it was a Sears or some such. After resisting it all these years, henceforth, I will do the same.

* Now a few words about Mr. Smith. He was the first young, cool, hip adult to ever cross our paths. And he was a teacher -- our teacher. We were lucky and we knew it. For one assignment, he told us to paint something we saw everyday. I painted the cover of Abbey Road. I don't know if he was impressed, but he sure made me think he was. For another assignment, he had the class go see Yellow Submarine. The next week we had a mind opening class discussion about the movie and art and music and culture and life. I've been reading his daughter, Grace's blog for the last ten or so years, and I didn't even know she was his daughter. And now he has left this Earth. To Grace and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Mr. Smith. You made a major impression on me. Thank you for being a great teacher.

* We all live in a yellow submarine....

Posted by Marie at June 10, 2013 10:32 PM