Portrait Of Rita
I received a small letter in my mailbox today. The envelope was covered with stamps. Wonderful stamps depicting the Queen Mother and a butterfly and ladybugs. The return address told me what was inside. It was a beautiful watercolor portrait of Rita from my dear friend, Lance. Because I am shaky, I was careful as I opened it. I couldn’t believe it. It is perfect. Absolutely perfect. He captured that pinned eye and that attitude that I so love about her. Ah, I finally have a portrait of my Rita, and it is Rita as surely as if she were standing on the door of her cage, puffing out her feathers, pinning that eye, and giving me her honest opinion. It measures two inches by three inches. And it is two inches by three inches of sheer power and personality!
Lance, please accept my apology for the quality of the reproduction here. I could not capture the beautiful contrast or the effect of the piece with my camera. When it is framed, I will try again, but I am just too excited to wait to show off my treasure. You have touched my old heart with your kindness and your beautiful tribute to my Rita. Bless you, Lance.