[Memo to self: Put on glasses when reading return addresses on packages.]
It’s fun to find unexpected gifts in the mail. Today, we opened the envelope from my
brother Jack sister Joni and found a large colour photo of my mother posing beside one of her paintings. I have yet to locate the title of this one, but I like the picture because it gives an impression of the size of some of the pictures Helen painted. It also illustrates her passion for wild outfits.
Also in the envelope, a battered copy of a handsome book. This copy of The Elders Are Watching contains images of strong West Coast prints by Roy Henry Vickers and writings by storyteller Dave Bouchard. A handwritten inscription on the fly leaf reads:
Dear Les: Enjoy this please! You and Joanie would just love Roy Vickers – a lovely person.
Les was Helen’s son-in-law. Somehow he seems not to have received his book. If you read this, Les, drop me a line and I’ll send it to you.
Here’s one example of the art inside.