Mildred loved her son. He was born on her favorite day – Devil’s Night. He had sexy onyx eyes like the man at the bar she slept with the night of conception. He reeked of a piquant bouquet of stagnant water and antiseptic soap, with some hidden notes of anchovy.
Mildred named him Angelo. They ate grilled cheese & peanut butter sandwiches together in front of the TV. They raked each other over hot coals. They made up curse words to mutter behind their shared missalette during Sunday sermon.
When Angelo was just seven years old, Mildred received a very curious telegram. In this telegram, she was alerted of an opportunity to come into a very handsome sum of money. If only she would just relinquish custody of Angelo into the hands of the barren Duchess. Mildren considered this for a very long fifteen seconds.
Two weeks later, the Duchess’s security team arrived at Mildred’s door to claim Angelo. With a small satchel in his hand, Angelo looked up his mother with those two smoldering eyes of ink and growled, “You will pay for this, Mother.”
Mildred wrapped an arm around his side, quite loosely, before pushing him into the cage that was held open by two robust stuffed suits.
In the end, it wasn’t so much the money, but the promise of a lifetime of free stinky feta that swayed Mildred.
5.5″x5.5″ thick canvas, ready to hang.
i want every painting you make. honestly.
the stories are awesome, too.
You are so whipped!
My mother was a lot like Mildred. I’d be a lot like Angelo- if i stunk.
I’m a lot like Mildred too, I fear. There’s not much I wouldn’t do for a lifetime supply of fromage.
LOVE THIS! I love how at first glance, your art seems so cuddly, but then when you read the story, it changes everything.
Thanks Mother B! That’s definitely my intent, so I’m glad it’s working for at least one person:)
You know what I love? I love the fact that you always accompany your art with stories about them. It makes them even more interesting and lovely. Some day I will buy one of your pieces. I want it hanging in my living room.
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I’m really glad that you like the stories! That’s the part that’s most fun for me. I would be honored if one of my paintings hung in your living room one day. <3
Also, I'm 90% done with the CD. It's an mp3 mix, so there's 100+ songs on it and I wanted to make sure it was just right! I've been working on it little by little when the wildman goes to sleep at night.