Day 253: Valerie

15 Dec

After so many days of making sweet pies I thought it would be fun to make a quiche. I gathered up my ingredients and sauteed the vegetables and prepared the crust and when I looked at the ensemble I knew I needed to take a photo.

As for the pie recipient, well, I’d been planning to bring a pie to this lady for a while. She is a teacher at Helman Elementary and a good one at that. In addition to teaching, she also grows beautiful flowers and dries them and then she creates amazing wreaths from them.

I wish that I could give you a link to a website with photos of the wreaths that Valerie has made because they are all one of a kind masterpieces. But Valerie is like me in that she is so busy making her art that she neglects a few of the other aspects of the business of making wreaths (taking photos, making the website, etc.) As for me, I have made hundreds of cakes, but I have only a few dozen photos of cakes to show… and this needs to change.

When I talked with Valerie about this, I asked her to keep after me to develop a website and I would keep after her. Yet time has gone by and we haven’t kept our word. Who will take the photos of our work and get them online if we don’t?

It reminds me of the warning that the stewards give on the airline about putting your own air mask on first before helping anyone else with theirs (including your children!) That always seemed contrary to what I would want to do… but it makes sense, for how can you help someone else if you aren’t breathing properly?

Today I brought Valerie a warm Broccoli Cheddar Quiche. I want to acknowledge her for the remarkable talent that she possesses and I want to encourage her to find a way to display her art to a larger audience. It’s that good.

One Response to “Day 253: Valerie”

  1. Carolyn December 16, 2011 at 11:46 AM #

    Teachers and mothers aren’t very good at taking care of themselves first. Valerie was Karl’s teacher for 1st and 2nd grade – and she did a great job of taking care of Karl. So thank you for taking care of her with the quiche. (And maybe you both will remember to make progress on taking care of yourselves as well).

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