The Soulful Artist

Life. Art. Transcendence.

Day 1 of 28 of my 28 Days of Love!

As I was practicing with watercolor, I had an hit to paint my hand. In the process of painting, my paper started to curl up and coincidentally my ear started to ring … and then I heard it … The deep, throaty, belly laughing and it triggered the memory of a conversation that my BFF MQ and I had many years ago, during a crazy night shift

For those not in the know, MQ (Michael Q.) was not only my mentor, he was my work brother (I joked that he was my work dad, but I was too old – lol), my confidant, my friend. He is the the ONLY reason I became an Emergency Room Nurse. If not for him I don’t know where I’d be in the world of nursing.

The reason why I bring up my friend is because I remember he was laughing so hard he almost fell out of the chair. He said, in his deep Michael voice while laughing uncontrollably, “You know how you know you’re getting old? When you wash your hands and you go to dry them under the air dryer and your skin starts moving and shaking all over the place!” (Insert more laughing.)

It was the curling up of my watercolor paper that brought up the memory of my friend. I miss everything about him, and I’d give anything to make more memories with him. But the memories I have are all amazing and beautiful and funny!

Cherish the people you love, for tomorrow isn’t promised. (Insert sigh.)

My “challenge” for February is 28 Days of Love. I know, cheesy since it’s the month of love, Valentine’s month. It’s my favorite month. The challenge is to create or paint every day, and to write about the people, places, & things I love. 28 days. Sounds easy enough, right? Aye, these “challenges” are gonna be the growth of me! (See what I did there?!)

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