The Nuts & Bolts of a Father-Daughter Relationship (and a puppy name)

Here’s some great pictures and a written piece by one of my new favorite artists. (love her sense of color).

Therese inspired me in three ways: 1. (Chlepfigs) Müntschi –  A name for Laurie & Jan’s Puppy!; 2. Her mixed media* paintings; 3. Her wonderful written remembrance of her father. Take a look –

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Bits and Pieces from my Father’s Wallet

by Therese Lydia Joseph

In memory of my father who passed away a few years ago…

“As a little girl whenever I needed some spare change to buy candy, chocolate or ice cream I would go to my father and perform my little song and dance. Jumping up and down, smiling and singing … “Please, please can I have “as Fränkli” (one dollar)?”

I knew what was coming next. “Ehhh… mmm… well… for what?” “For the store! Please, please”, while doing the pirouette… My dad would dig his big hand deep down into his blue overall pocket… and with difficulties pull out his fat wallet. He then would hand it to me but hold on to it until he got a kiss.

Once I had delivered “as chlepfigs Müntschi” (loud-sounding kiss) on his cheek he would let go of the wallet. I would open it and tried to find a 1 Frank or 2 Frank coin… most of the time I was unsuccessful because his overstuffed wallet was filled with little screws, nuts and bolts, not coins. It was a wallet like no other.

Even though I knew ahead of time that money was a rare item in my dad’s wallet I came back time and time again to beg for money for treats. May be because we had our little ritual down pat and I needed to  practice my song and dance every so often. Or it could be because my dad would give me a 5 Frank coin if he did not have anything smaller. And that was a big deal for a little girl like me.

The mixed media paintings (8×5 in) let you take a peek into my dad’s wallet and let me relive those precious moments.”

*Mixed media!  Fun! Colorful! Expressive!  Mixed Media is just what it implies – pretty much anything goes.  Use acrylic paint with ink, with water-color, with pen, paste on objects, memorabilia, photos, collage pieces and yes nuts & bolts . . . it’s only limited by your imagination.  

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