Day 65: Hanne Pelletier

Hanne's work depicting one of our favorite scenes along the Ecuadorian coast near the town of San Lorenzo.

Hanne’s work depicting one of our favorite scenes along the Ecuadorian coast near the town of San Lorenzo.

Dear Hanne:

It’s been said our memories are best described as selective pictures in our mind’s eye. No one really knows how or why certain “pictures” go into, and remain, in certain files. A great and wonderful mystery, oftentimes our memories.

Thank you for making tangible, some memories I’m just not willing to forget.

Hanne Pelletier, who I worked with for a bit in the publishing industry, and creator of two original works of art in our home.

Hanne Pelletier, who I worked with for a bit in the publishing industry, and creator of two original works of art in our home.

Three Christmases ago I remember wondering what gift Dana might possibly enjoy in a lasting way. Some of the crazy memories we’ve created with one another are the best gifts we’ve exchanged during seven years, so I asked your idea about capturing a memory from the special times we’ve shared together in South America.

The artwork you created replicating a favorite scene along the Ecuadorian coast now hangs prominently in our bedroom, a reminder of the times we sorted through some new directions in our life.

She loved the gift, and I loved giving it to her.

The Way of St. James, near Palas de Rei.

The Way of St. James, near Palas de Rei.

Last year, Dana used your talents to help me permanently recall an extraordinary experience in my own life. Your rendering of the Camino de Santiago from a photo I took just past the village of Palas de Rei is now displayed in direct line of sight from my favorite easy chair. It’s one of the first things I see drinking coffee each morning. One of the last things I see before bed each night.

The pleasure your work gives me each day just can’t be measured. The Camino rendering bearing your signature reminds me of fundamental things about life, and I need those reminders.

I’m so glad God gave you a creative talent that brings such joy into people’s lives, and so happy you’ve been willing to share that gift with us on occasion.

Thank you for helping us preserve the memories we’ve made.

Your friend,

Steve Watkins

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