Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The One That Got Away

When I was nearly finished painting the bandstand at the seaside park in Apalachicola today, a young college couple stopped by on their bikes to admire the painting--Chase and Shelby. Chase proudly but quietly told the story of how on Christmas Day he left a note for Shelby to go to the new fountain in Water Street Park at 1:00. When Shelby arrived, she found another note instructing her to go to another location where a third note awaited her. On to another location until finally she arrived at the bandstand.

The note there was accompanied by a blindfold and directed her to "Put on the blindfold to cover your eyes, and you will get a big surprise." Chase came up behind her, and told her to turn around and take off the blindfold. There was Chase, on one knee with a modest engagement ring for Shelby which she then showed me, beaming shyly.

We chatted a while, and they admired the painting several times. Then they pedalled off down the boardwalk to the Gulf. By the time they returned, I had made up my mind. I wanted to get them started on their art collection. I had only one request: that they frame it nicely. I suggested that someone could frame it for them as a wedding gift.

Call me sentimental, but they were such a sweet couple that I couldn't help myself. So good luck, Chase and Shelby (and yes, she got her name because her mom is a big fan of "Steel Magnolias."), and to all young lovers everywhere!


  1. I love it! Being a softie in this case is going to be a story they tell their whole lives. And I love this painting. It reminds me of your Tower Grove park paintings.

  2. Thanks, Sarah. You know what a sucker I am for a good story!

  3. Hi Carol,
    what a beautiful story! How lucky the young couple is to have met you and to receive such a beautiful gift and how lucky you were to have met them and be given a wonderful life experience!
    Good for you!
    oh, love the painting also!

  4. Carol, This is Jim Tippins, former Associate Pastor at your home church of Kirkwood Baptist.
    Like your friend Judi Wagner Bonnie and I live in Fernandina Beach FL. Some of my close friends are close friends with Judi.
    I was thinking of you recently when I was looking at the painting you did for ADVENT of the Visitation of Mary. What a small world.
    Your work looks wonderful. hope all is well.