When my father died in NY in August I met his wife’s nieces for the first time. Well I met Barbara who lives around the corner from the hotel we stayed at.
I didn’t meet her sister Shelley as she lives in California and was on holiday in Italy at the time.
Before dad actually died I e mailed and spoke to both sisters. I liked the two of them especially Shelley. Since I never cared for dad’s wife, my nick name for her was Pruneface, I was surprised her nieces were so lovely. Dad talked about the sisters and he also preferred Shelley, so maybe I shouldn’t have been so surprised.
As we were cleaning out dad’s apartment we found many of his paintings. His hobby was oil painting and crating art from photos. We also found envelopes full of the virtual art he produced.
One day when Barbara visited the apartment, I told her to take a few paintings for herself and also something to send to Shelley. It would be a rare gift for Shelley and something she would treasure as she thought the world of dad. I mentioned this to Barbara, and while she agreed and did pick out some art work, my inner voice told me something was not right but I did not know what since I didn’t really know Barbara.
I found out later, after I returned home and after Shelley returned to California, that my voice did not lie. Shelley told me in recent years she and her sister had not been close and did not speak. I worried that she would not receive the paintings Barbara picked out for her.
Another reason they clashed had to do with their zodiac signs, Shelley is Pisces and Barbara is a Leo.
It put me into a difficult position as I wished to maintain a friendship with each woman.
I hope soon they learn that if they only look to the past or present they will miss a future where they can be friends.
Blogophilia Week 4.6 Topic: A Gift So Rare
(Hard, 2pts): incorporate a quote from John F. Kennedy
(Easy, 1pt): incorporate two (2) Zodiac signs
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.