Peculiarities #8

December 1, 2017

My mother passed away on Christmas Eve last year and I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately.


Over the years, Mrs. Chatterbox and I struggled to find suitable gifts for my parents. Dad liked everything and was easy to please, but Mom was a challenge.


Forty years ago, Mrs. C. and I purchased an antique spinet desk and we needed a lamp to set on it. After a long search, we spotted a desk lamp in an antique store that suited the desk nicely. On our way out the door I noticed a small green bronze statuette on a shelf, and remembering Mom’s birthday was just around the corner I jokingly asked the store owner to throw in the statuette for good measure. To my shock, he did!


When I gave it to my mother, I resisted telling her it hadn’t cost anything. To our surprise, she LOVED the little statue. Over the years she always kept it close, usually keeping it beside her bed. We never had a bigger gift-giving success. When Mom passed away it was the first thing I retrieved, knowing she’d want me to have it.


Because I’ve been thinking about her lately, I decided to do a charcoal drawing of the statuette. It took me longer to complete than I’d anticipated, and I took a few liberties, but I think it came out fairly well.


If Mom were around, I’m sure she’d appreciate my drawing, even though she’d point out a few things in need of correction.





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That's an interesting statue and a good drawing of it. I wonder if the statue was of anyone in particular or just a generic female figure? Usually I get my mom slippers or something practical; this morning I bought an electric throw blanket on sale on Amazon.
By: PT Dilloway on December 1, 2017
That is a very nice statue I can see why your mom loved it, your charcoal drawing is perfect in my opinion. Parents are really hard to buy for, we have the same problem here, it feels so good when a gift is a success like the statue was with your mom.
By: Jimmy on December 1, 2017
Great drawing and fitting tribute. Your mother would love it.
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on December 1, 2017
Funny how the smallest little gift can be so special to the recipient.
By: Kathe W. on December 1, 2017
What a great rendering! Isn't it funny how some gifts are more cherished than others? Just goes to show that the love which accompanies gift-giving is more important than how much it cost.
By: Al Penwasser on December 1, 2017
It's been so long since I had a parent. I can remember my last gift to my dad, 1978, and my mom, 1997. Mom's went with her.
By: Joanne Noragon on December 1, 2017
Well done. . We just never know what is going to resonate with some folks and it is always a delight when we stumble on a winner.
By: Arkansas Patti on December 1, 2017
I'm amazed you got the statue for free! It's funny how the things that we gave our parents as gifts end up back with us.
By: LL Cool Joe on December 1, 2017
Beyond your amazing memory... it is plainly evident how much you miss your mother and of course your father too.
By: Daniel LaFrance on December 1, 2017
I'm glad you have that statue now. Your mom might have surprised you even more if you told her you got it for nothing. She might have appreciated your bargaining skills. I think she'd like the charcoal, too.
By: Val on December 1, 2017
There's a tiny bit of an "extra" smile on your drawing. Do you think that a memory of your mom made you put it on?
By: fishducky on December 1, 2017
What a lovely keepsake of your mother, and the drawing is beautiful!
By: messymimi on December 1, 2017
Always a good story from you on a piece of art.
By: red on December 1, 2017
Your charcoal drawing is lovely rendition of the bust. That is a sweet story about your Mom's love of the bust. And it's good to hear you still have your Mom's advice ringing in your brain. I think we should never outgrow that.
By: Tom Cochrun on December 1, 2017
Looks great, Stephen. We always dearly miss our loved ones but the holidays are always tough. Take care.
By: Mr. Shife on December 1, 2017
I love the statuette and your drawing is good!
By: Marcia @ Menopausal Mother on December 1, 2017
It's hard to know what to get for the difficult-to-please, and it's so nice when we hit the jackpot. My mom is 87 and I haven't done it yet :)
By: jenny_o on December 1, 2017
Good memories and a nice drawing
By: Sage on December 2, 2017
Do you have any idea why she liked it so much? Did she ever mention anything specific? Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on December 2, 2017
Nice gift, nice drawing. I'm embarrassed to admit that I once got my mom a Chia pet for Christmas. Fortunately, she was a very forgiving person.
By: Tom Sightings on December 3, 2017
I used to sing this ditty to my wife: Venus de Milo was noted for her charms, But just in between us You're cuter than Venus And what's more you've got arms. Sorry for lowering the tempo here. I like both the statue and your sketch.
By: Catalyst on December 3, 2017
Great story. Sometimes the smallest things are the most appreciated. :)
By: scott park on December 3, 2017
Parents usually are difficult to buy for. You really lucked out with this gift. This is the first Christmas we won't have to buy anything for my in-laws, but during the last 10 or 15 years, the gift usually was a basket of consumable items - nuts, chocolates, popcorn, dried fruit, muffins, name it. They had more than enough "stuff" already. Will you keep the statuette?
By: Pixel Peeper on December 3, 2017
Sweet memory and I'm glad you ended up with the statue. Your mom would love the drawing, you are too hard on yourself- it is perfect.
By: Terri@Coloring Outside the Lines on December 7, 2017

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