Five years ago while living in Virginia, I was asked to go to Pennsylvania to paint in calligraphy on the wall for a baby that was to be born. It was a blessing for me to be able to paint this baby’s name. You see, the parent’s had been married for twenty five years. She was an unexpected but highly anticipated little miracle. They called her “Siena”.
Paint, I need paint. I brought some but not the right colors, which reminds me of a Halloween party I had at my house years ago. All of the neighbors were invited. We live in a rural area, so we decided to do a bonfire and wiener roast with s’mores and hot apple cider! I got paint and pumpkins for the kids to paint. (I didn’t want the mess of pumpkin guts or the risk of someone getting hurt with a knife. And, I bought coat hangers to put the wieners on to roast in the fire. I was excited.
Because I had overalls, I decided to as a hillbilly. I wore my overalls and blacked out a tooth, wore cowboy boots and had a headband that included a little felt cowboy hat and yarn braids! I was ready. I was a bit goofy, but I was ready. The neighbors arrived and I was the only one dressed in costume. FIRST STRIKE. We painted the pumpkins and the kids loved every moment of it. It was a hit! They laughed and had a gift to take with them. STRIKE TWO happened when I got the phone call from one of the parents stating the paint…was not waterproof. Then it was time for the bonfire. I handed Bill the coat hangers I had untangled. With that dazed look, he explained that we couldn’t use plastic coat hangers to cook wieners in a fire. (There we go again, Bill was right.) STRIKE, well you know the answer to that. I love children, but I don’t have any. Can you tell?
Aaaaaand, once again, I digress.
Where was I? Oh, right….Pennsylvania. Once there, we found the colors that were needed. It was a simple job for me. I painted little sparrows and the baby’s name was “Siena”. As I was almost completed with the process, I realized that I painted the name as “SieNNa”! It was only supposed to be one “n”! Needing to cover the additional “n”, I needed supplies. Calmly, I approached the owners and asked if they had any of that sweet …light…baby… pink paint. You know, the color the walls were painted? Of course they didn’t. We then made a trip to the home improvement store to get more paint and sand paper to get rid of that pesky “N”! What should have taken only a few hours turned to about an eight hour process. May I add that it was beautiful? I wanted it to be special. It was just as I had imagined it, without the additional four or five hours!
Now, five years later, I understand that Siena, with one “n”, talks to the name on the wall as if she knows me. Her momma says that “Summer is her BFF”. (Summer is my first name, in case you don’t know me.) What an unexpected gift of a new little friend…who I’ve still never met! So today, I’m excited to send her “The Mermaid City” by Judy Norwood Enter and Illustrated by…ME! I decided to sign it and carefully, with one “n” and “with love from her BFF, Summer”! I wish I could be there to see her face!
By the way, no children or animals were harmed in the decoration of the pumpkins! For now, I’ll stick to my dogs and chickens. And, stay tuned for more about caring for chickens….It’s not for sissies!
And, no matter what…decide to bless someone, give service from your heart today… and you will be blessed. Think of little Siena, with one “n”. My tiny BFF has blessed me beyond measure. Decide to complain less and bless more. Make a conscious decision each morning to do that each day. It will change your life. It has continued to change mine.