As we are waiting for the transition of Just Breathe Art, I thought I would share some of my favorite memories.
This one is about Jennifer and a window she bought of a glass heart. Jennifer is no longer with us, but she touched my soul like no one ever has before. In September of 2016 Jennifer bought this heart window. This is the story. I love stories.
((( I write this last year)))
Two years ago yesterday I met Jennifer in Swampscott at the show at Linscott Park. Driving to the park Saturday morning two years year later, I was wondering if her husband would stop by to pick up her heart window.
Jennifer was probably in her 30's. She was beautiful. She had two young children with her Ruby and Timmy. Her energy was contagious and her soul was also beautiful. She loved the colorful heart❤️💜🧡💚💛a big window that I had of a heart. She came back about three times to look at it and to talk about it. She ended up buying it and I can't remember if it was the first day she saw it or she came back on Sunday. It was a little over her budget... but she bought it anyways with out her husband knowing. She told me that something in her ... just told her she had to have it. I remember there was a situation... her husband wasn't that happy with her purchase. ( he actually came to my booth after she brought it home and told me that) Jennifer had cancer and I can only imagine how difficult life was for him at that time. They had two little kids. I remember them as well because they were with Jennifer when she kept coming back to my booth.Ill never forget that he came back to apologize for being angry about her purchase. It definitely was memorable and I remember feeling so awkward and touched at the same time with how much she wanted this heart.
Her husband came to my booth last year, a year later. I remember like it was yeastetday. He was with their two children. He asked me if I remembered him and his wife Jennifer.
I told him of course, (I was actually hoping I'd see her too) I asked him how she was doing. ( as I asked him, I instinctively knew she was no longer here) He told me she had passed. He came to my booth to thank me for making that heart. That it meant so much to her , and she loved it. The look in his eyes when he was telling me how much that heart meant to her was priceless. It was so moving to witness this man smile such a genuine smile and thank me. I will never forget it.
I'm a self taught artist. Only because of some traumatic life experiences did I enter into the art world. Sometimes, pieces of my entire soul go into my work and I believe this heart piece was one of them.
I am blessed that so many people love my work and are touched by it in some way. But it was different with this couple. I was different. That was a day I'll never forget. I knew she had touched my spirit and I had touched hers, but for her husband to come back w tears in his eyes and thank me was so moving. I knew That heart had made a difference in their lives. Sort of the like the day I met Her. He asked me to work on the heart. There were a couple of pieces that had fallen off and I really can’t remember what else so of course I took this gigantic piece home with me.
This weekend was the show and , I didn’t see Timmy all weekend. I was dying. I didn’t want to take it home with me after I had worked on it. I figured he forgot the show was this weekend. It was Sunday at 4, this family was walking by and I asked them if the happened to know the Hamilton’s. They told me they did I explained about the heart and the mom said she would call Timmy. The next thing I knew with in a half hour, Timmy was at my booth and Ricky, The Cannoli guy next to me was carrying the heart up to his truck. He was on the his way to the Red Sox game with Ruby and Timmy. He thanked me for finding him and he said he knew exactly where he was going to put it.
I will never forget Jennifer. I feel like she had something to do in the last minute of finding her husband. RIP Jennifer❤️🧡💛💚💙💜