Yesterday was Eric's birthday. We were all excited! Cordelia and Elise were eager to help with the unwrapping of gifts.
I had gotten him a couple of Tom Waits records (or vinyl if you're hip) that he was missing. I had, over the course of months asked questions about which records he wanted most for our collections and tried to zero in on some good finds. It was a success and a surprise!
I had an even bigger surprise for him. I had commissioned a portrait by our illustrator/artist friend Zachary Pullen (click here). I had the hardest time keeping this secret from Eric as we tell each other everything and this was a big one. Oh man, I nearly broke down a few days ago when he said,"You know we really need some more Pullen work, like a portrait or something." I was fighting hard to keep the secret, but it was so worth it when he opened the box yesterday morning.
He LOVED it! Phew! I knew he would, but it was sure great to revel in that joy of a great gift given! I think it is hard to see all of the details from this slide, but the painting is really quite extraordinary. We spent the evening just staring at it, taking in all of the detail and subtle nuances.
Don't worry, we still made time for birthday lemon squares. Eric's not much of a cake guy.
Happy birthday indeed!
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