Johnelle has returned home, but she has left her mark.
During her stay, she was able to reconnect a bit with her artiste soul and completed a painting on canvas and a painting on the door to my bedroom that is not only beautiful but incredibly symbolic to me.
Jean-Yves made a great suggestion to her when learning she wanted to paint something in the house for me ... a mural on the ceiling was first considered but the time it would take to prep the ceiling would not leave room for the actual painting.
Not only did he suggest a great alternative ... the door ... but also recommended including a 'souvenir' from the United States as well as something from here.
We had some good laughs over what that souvenir should be ... because I don't have a whole lot of positive 'souvenirs' from my former life. What should it be? a picture of my office and desk? a computer and telephone? some freeways? these were some of the funnier ones. I'll leave the morbid ones to your collective imaginations.
But no, I decided upon poppies to represent my Californian roots ( I do still adore my dear state of California ... ); a sparrow to tie into my love of the strength and music of La Mome, (Edith Piaf) ... and the phrase 'Je Ne Regrette Rien' ... my life motto as I move forward into my adventure.
If you click on the picture, you can view it for yourself.