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Topic: The Reader (04/15/10)
TITLE: The Painted Picture
By Lisa Keck
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“No, not really.”
I didn’t doubt her. I’d known for some time that Mom saw people differently. The Painted Picture revealed this fact to me. The Painted Picture is a song Mom wrote in 1960 for her college reader. Mom needed a reader because by this time she had gone completely blind. The song talked about seeing a smile in a person’s words and actions.
Mom didn’t care whether her eyes were blue, or brown or green. She didn’t care if her hair was long or short. She didn’t know if she was overweight or under. What Mom looked at was the color of her heart.
It’s a pattern Mom continued throughout her life. She looked at the color and size of a person’s heart. She saw if they were long on patience or short-tempered. She cared if they were overwhelmed or undervalued.
When she painted that picture in her mind of her reader it was one of caring and compassion and kindness. I’m not sure what colors she chose for those but I’m pretty sure she used a lot of yellow. She called yellow the color of light and said it reminded her of Jesus who is the light of Heaven.
In her mind, her reader must’ve been a beautiful picture. I hope that, especially in her last days, she painted a similar picture of me. Her reader sparked a few simple lines and one profound thought: I hope Mom painted two yellow hearts. Hearts of light. The hearts of Jesus and me surrounding her with our caring, compassion and kindness.
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