Friday, February 26, 2010

Very Special Family Portrait

I woke up one day and my children were gone...somebody took my little princess and my smart little boy and left me with two troubled teenagers I didn't recognize at all. They were not bad in pretending to be my children so I played the game and pretended to be their mother for several years. Nightmare! I'm so glad it's over... I'm now a happy mother of two wonderful young adults! My princess lives in her own castle far, far away from us. My smart big boy still lives with us for the moment but I can see his wings getting bigger and stronger. They're both working, studying and dreaming... Soon I'll be left with memories and photos wondering where the time went. We actually don't have so many family photos, we have lost almost all of them fleeing from the danger of war in our country. I learned only much later that that was the most prized possession we had. Even after that, we  didn't take so many photos. I guess we humans have this fascination for capturing moments in our lives, whether by camera or paint. So I was very pleasantly surprised when my son gave us a very special family portrait, made by him, as a Christmas gift.
Several days before Christmas, I couldn't help but notice that something strange was going on, my son was very busy with something. Any attempt to learn what was going on failed miserably. Till the day we saw a very mysterious big package under the Christmas three. What a nice surprise it was! My very talented son created a "warholish" family portrait of our family using individual pictures, framed it nicely and made a gift for us. We just instantly fell in love with it and decided to expose it permanently in our living room. We placed it strategically  in our home, so we can all constantly be reminded of each other as we hectically chase through life. The value of the portrait my son made for us can be measured only by hearth. 
"A heart is not measured by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." — Wizard of Oz

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6 comments:

Zhu said...

I'm guessing your children and I are about the same age (I'm 26).

My parents are my best friends now and I truly value our "adult" relationship. Of course, I was a perfect teenager :-DDD

Ibyang said...

oh that's one lovely creative gift. your son is talented indeed. my husband's an artist as well and i've asked him to do something like this for me but hasn't done it. maybe someday :)

enjoy your gift.

Sonja @ Craft-Werk said...

A fabulous present. I love those Warhol portraits!

Yasmine said...

@Zhu: one must live very patiently, lol
@Ibyang: hope you get your own "Warhol" soon
@Sonja: thanks!

Sherri B. said...

Yasmine, how very touching of your son. He certainly must have seen and felt love all of his life to have something this precious come out of his heart.
Thanks for leaving the nice comment on my blog.

Expat Traveler said...

That is so touching. What a great story. Yes I've learned how important photos are!

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