Pat commissioned this painting from my boss for my birthday. It’s hanging now above our television and I keep saying how I’ll never need to watch television again because every time I look at the painting I can’t look away.
When Pat approached my boss, Audrey, he told her he wanted a small portrait of me. Audrey said, “Rachel isn’t going to want a portrait of just herself, you need to be in it.”
“OK,” Pat said, “Maybe you could do two small portraits?”
“No, I can’t separate you, that’s just bad juju!
So right as I was leaving work last night, Audrey was sneaking around trying to get the painting to Pat who was waiting in his car downstairs. All the while I’m taking the lightrail home with sweaty ass smelly people and a bouquet of flowers my mom sent hoping they didn’t fall out of my lap getting bumped around no where to sit where is your pass light rail cops I have no hands … thanks for the ride, Pat!
😉 Only kidding.
Last night when I opened it, it was the first time Pat had seen the painting too. He wanted it to be a surprise for him as well and when I saw it I started crying and still can’t believe how beautiful it is. She got my hair, my tattoo, my birds, my sea, my pat, my boots, some kick ass pants. She got everything. It looks like a dream to me. I look like a mermabird. pat and I are both sleeping and reaching for each other. I love that you aren’t sure if we’re in the sea or sky. I love everything about it. What a wonderful day. And as if everything wasn’t enough, this was our sunset last night. I couldn’t look away, the whole day.

birthday sunset

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8 Responses to Mermabird

  1. Ms. Moon says:

    Now THAT is a damn thoughtful present. And perfect.
    That sunset doesn’t hurt my feelings either.
    Beautiful. Like you.

    • rachvb says:

      He did good. Real good. I was floored. It was an all around stellar day. I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
      I hope you had a good 4th! Popping over to your blog in a few. Sorry I’ve been scattered lately! xoxo

  2. Claire says:

    Now here is a gift from the heart, a gift from a man who truly sees and loves you.
    Treasures – him, you and the painting. (Such loving attention to detail; what exuberant care the painter took!)

    This lifts the spirit, Rach. Hugs to you and Pat. xo

    • rachvb says:

      This was one of the best presents he’s ever given me. And something he came up with months ago! I’ll love it forever. It makes me so happy to look at it.
      I hope you are well! Sending love. I’ll tell Pat you say hello! xoxoxo

  3. So late to the party and had to comment on such a stellar birthday gift. What joy in that painting, the fact of it and the content. I hope every day of this 29th year is as full of knowing and promise as the present. xo

    • rachvb says:

      Late is good! I feel late to my own party – the last couple weeks have been crazy for me! There’s still cake and plenty of beer =)
      I love this paining. It’s the most beautiful present I’ve ever received. And thank you. I hope I can stay on my feet, keep moving forward. Whew! xoxo

  4. Angella says:

    What an amazing and wonderful gift! The sense of light and float and freedom, all while in this space together, is just perfect. Wow.

    • rachvb says:

      agreed! I just love how it’s ambiguous as to whether we are in the ocean or sky. And my love is there and all is right in the world – even my dream world. xoxo

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