Monday, January 05, 2009

Red, Rust & Spread All Over


I don't know why we had a gallon of red enamel paint in our garage.
Perhaps it had been left by the renters before us, along with an old dust-bunny covered , leaves weaved into the spider webs rusty, encrusted old brush old brush.

I never paid it too much attention...other than noting that it was there, pushed up to the narrow strip of wall that divided the single garage doors on our old double garage.
I don't know why I did what I did, other than it felt like the thing to do at the moment.
Maybe, I was just bored or maybe I was inspired.
I plucked all the webs and bunnies and age-dried leaves out of the brush.
I shook that can with the weight of my entire body.
I pried the top off with the handle of a dinner fork
and looked as the rust dust as it fell atop the crimson paint.
I wandered into the yard and found an old oak stick, with which I stirred the bucket of love up.
Bows and Arrows.
Hearts.
One Letter.
Two Words.
Every symbol as BIG as me.
Perfectly centered.
Filling the canvas of our double-wide driveway.
Splattered ... Plastered... Tagged...
It was all good...
"Skinny N Timmy"

Mother was livid when she returned home from work to see my handy-dandy graffiti proclamation of LoVe. Of course, the Florida sun had quick dried the permanent paint. Still, she had me scrub with a scrub brush and turpentine and I can remember that scrub brush eventually disintegrating, but red-etchings from that bucket of love remained for the tenants that followed behind us... May the Circle Remain Unbroken.



8 comments:

Mel said...

Ohhhhhh......it's just wonderful.
The pushed aside paint, the story of the paint given life, the music....

(((((((( SLB ))))))))

I can hope to leave my marks so evident.

*HUGE hugs*
It's good you're back.
VERY good.

skinnylittlesister said...

Mel....Lol, found that old video and just kept hitting play. So peaceful!
Hopefully now that 4rth quarter is past and the dogs are all settled, I'll become a little more present here....lol, if I can just make it through the grueling inventory we've got going on this week. I'm coming to see you Girl!

Dee said...

nice :)

skinnylittlesister said...

Dee! Lol, I found and posted that video for you! Of course I have heard it a thousand times!

Dee said...
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Dee said...

Of course! I wish we could have been hanging out together that evening..I am certain mine would have gone much better.

Orhan Kahn said...

Give you colour and watch you go and glow. Its a beautiful thing.

skinnylittlesister said...

Dee....Awww, I so missed seeing you! Anytime I'm with you seems to be a good time! Lol, hope you don't mind but I was sharing funny tales from our days gone by ... (I'm thinking of the guys with the tee-shirt in the parking lot at Phil Lesh & friends show...hahahaha)Remember I lost you and had the guys chanting your name in their little drum circle? Hahahaha...such a good little chant you make!

Orhan...Lol, yeah, I've learned just to stick with the side walk chalk. But, I even got shamed for that just a couple months ago ... hahaha, I just don't understand what the problem is with a twenty foot tall oak tree doodled in the town square with the words "Love Grows"...