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i'm really bookin'

dropped off a bunch of my books for binding today in preparation for this saturday's montrose artwalk. now all i have to do is affix a real found object on each cover, print a dump load of business cards, touch up the paint on all my easels, tables, etc. and i'm ready for business. that is, unless it rains, in which case it's cancelled. but, that won't happen, right..RiGHT??

talked to mom today..mom & dad adopted me 38 years ago today and she always always ALWAYS sends a card to commemorate the occasion. i guess it's her version of mother's day, in reverse? whatever the reason, i love her for remembering me. i'm reading 'cider house rules' now, and thinking how weird it would've been to be stuck in the system without a family to raise you. i'm forever thankful my natural mom loved me enough to let go and my adoptive family had enough love to take me in..

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 27th, 2005 03:41 am (UTC)
brian
that's so cool about your mom! good luck with the montrose art walk... thinkin' sunny weather...
artworkslive
Apr. 27th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
Re: brian
yeah..
is there an indian dance for NO RAiN?

my mom's the best, i tellya. she's going through all these nightmare health issues, and still remembers to pick out a card for l'il old me. i love the gal..

thanks brian!!!
livingasart
Apr. 27th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
sweeeeeeeeetie!
how DID i miss that you self-published your own BOOK?

i SO! SO! SO! want one! when i get a bit more $$ ( after i send you your pack) --- i SO! WANT A COPY!

i also SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO wish i could be there for the art walk! i would be sitting next to ya making ART!

do you have AIM/IM? we should chat!

BIG ART-Y HUGS.....g!
artworkslive
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:24 am (UTC)
Re: sweeeeeeeeetie!
oh, you are the biggest sweetheart this side of ANYWHERE!!!!

unfortunately, i'm not an instant message type, YET! i have a feeling that's right around the corner though..it took me 3 years to warm up to the whole livejournal thang, so bare with me! HAHAHA!

and i need a copy of that 'zine of yours! maybe we could do another swap..you get my book, i get your 'zine, eh?

-b
coffeebean
Apr. 27th, 2005 07:20 am (UTC)
Re: sweeeeeeeeetie!
YET is right... we'll work on ya! :)
artworkslive
Apr. 27th, 2005 04:48 pm (UTC)
Re: sweeeeeeeeetie!
;D
i do loathe the phone, so this might be a good alternative..
technology really is grand, i tellya.
livingasart
May. 1st, 2005 02:16 am (UTC)
you GOT it!
although... i think my 'zine will PALE in comparison to your book sweet ♥... i'll make ya something too how 'bout that?

BIIG HUUUGS!
rickysaccount
Apr. 27th, 2005 07:04 am (UTC)
Awww!!! :)
That's so sweet of Mom... I love little family traditions like that!!! I do a little something like that with my nephews and niece but your mom kicks ass! :) You have SUCH a healthy outlook on your natural and adoptive parents... my best friend's wife (who's pregnant with their first son right now) wants to adopt kids and they were asking me if they should keep the fact that they were adopted from them or not. I thought they should just let them know from the very start but I wasn't too sure... after seeing how comfortable you and Nshgirl seem with it, I feel a little better about my advice. :o)

P.s., btw, how cool is your book!? I might just have to buy it... I don't think I'll be able to make it to the Artwalk this weekend but I'm gonna plan ahead for the July 9th one! :)
artworkslive
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Awww!!! :)
i don't even remember my folks telling me i was adopted. so, they did it early on. the fact that i was adopted was rarely brought up, so it was more of a novelty than anything. an ice breaker when meeting new friends. 'hi, my name's becky..i was adopted.' which was met by the usual cocked head, contorted face and pregnant pause. honestly, it's amazing to me that my family had 4 kids..and they felt like they needed ANOTHER????

sorry i'll miss you this saturday. but, i'll save a book for you to peruse at the next artwalk, k?
coffeebean
Apr. 27th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
Awww, its wonderful isn't it?

This stuff has a special place in my heart too because my grandma adopted my Mom, my uncle, and my aunt... she wasn't able to have kids but she wanted them so much. She WOULD have adopted like 9 kids if she could have but so many of them fell through.

And she had so much love and wisdom to give, I'm just so glad for things like this because it sure makes someone's whole life when they have the right parents, even if they aren't biological! :)
artworkslive
Apr. 27th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
you are sooooooo very lucky you knew your grandma so well. she sounded like a sweet, dear soul, who gave and gave and gave. and you're SO right about having the 'right parents'..it's like my natural mom and adoptive family took out a joint bank account (me) my natural mom saved up for 7 months (i was born 2 months early) but, my adoptive parents were the ones that invested in it and made it grow.
so, were your mom and sister and brother all related..or from different parents? did they ever search for their biological parents?
coffeebean
Apr. 27th, 2005 08:28 pm (UTC)
They weren't related at all!
My Grandma adopted my uncle Joe and aunt Tammy because she knew their parents and knew the parents wanted my grandma to have them. They were babies when my Grandma adopted them.

My Mom was different.. my grandma actually went to a home and found my Mom there up for adoption.

The thing is my Mom was 16!!! It took a LOT for my grandma to pick my Mom out at 16 when she could have chosen a baby. That was so unselfish of her.

She knew my Mom had two brothers and she wanted to adopt them too because she wanted them to stay together but they were always trying to get away and one ran off, the other found other parents. Now that they're all grown up, my Mom's two real brothers have found her again and got to know my Grandma and it was all happy and everything.

Right before my grandma died, she told me "There's nothing like raising kids... and look at how you all are taking care of me, even though I'm so stubborn. If I never raised children I wouldn't have any of you right now." And it just hit me, its amazing! :)
artworkslive
Apr. 27th, 2005 11:42 pm (UTC)
wow. what an incredible story!!!!
adopting babies is one thing, but a 16 year old????
your grandma's a SAiNT..and your grandpa too, for that matter!!!!

do your uncles live nearby?
are they younger/older than your mom?

i have a feeling we could talk for HOURS about all of this. how fascinating..
coffeebean
Apr. 27th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
Well, my Uncles are all in Texas. I mean, the one my grandma adopted, and my Mom's two biological brothers.

My aunt (the other child my grandma adopted) is in Virginia Beach now but honestly, I don't think much of her. I already didn't, and then when my grandma was dying she was pretty bad and I ended up REALLY thinking some bad things about her but that's a whole other Oprah. he he

I love my Uncles and mostly all of my family in Texas so I hope I'll still be going back to Texas sometimes to visit them. :)

But yeah, I admire my grandma for SO many reasons, but especially how she taught me to love... the way she loved her adopted kids, loved her husband, loved *me*.. so incredibly much! I learned a lot from her for so many reasons! Thank heavens and whatever else for people like her, and like your parents. :)

My grandpa was amazing too... and my grandma on my Dad's side, my Dad's Mom... I always think about how I'm SO LUCKY that I had grandparents and parents who were just so amazing! :)
*sniff*
coffeebean
Apr. 28th, 2005 12:00 am (UTC)
Oh, I forgot one.. yeah my Mom is the oldest. :)
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