I’m sure you’re all familiar with a painting called “American Gothic,” by Grant Wood.
You’ve seen it before, right? Well, I was going through some of my mom’s old pictures the other day, and I came upon what I believe to be the inspiration for the painting known around the world. Take a look. You think I might be right?
But it wasn’t until my photography savvy friend, Mr. Teacher Man, pointed out another parallel that I got truly spooked! When he and I started working on a cover for my new book last April, we looked through dozens of pictures and eliminated most. But when a picture he took of a little girl in Awana came up on his computer screen, I KNEW. I simply KNEW that we had to use her face. As it turns out, I now also know that it wasn’t so much “liking” the picture that drew me to it as “recognizing” the picture. Because, you see, about 34 years ago, I was photographed in a similar state of mind and with similar results. They say you should only write about what you know. The following picture proves how closely Shelby/Shayla and I were acquainted before I even started to write…
In other news, I’ve been packing for a week (argh)—trying to cram 150 pounds of junk into two 40-pound suitcases. It’s hard to believe that the summer is over. I’m so very grateful for these weeks of reconnecting, relaxing, and reflecting. How fast they’ve flown! Below is a small selection of photos I’ve taken of things that have made me sigh and people who have made me laugh. If you’re one of them, I’m grateful for you!
ANOMALY (Born without a tail and doing just fine! Hope for all of us “defective” ones… If he’d been four weeks older, I would have taken him home to join the cast of beloved anomalies who populate my life!)
SECOND COUSINS (My pseudo-nephews!)
What an incredible summer in has been. And now? I take off on Monday…
…and I will, by Tuesday, be back in the Land of Schnitzel. Until then—PROST!