Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Tale of Two Sams

I have written about the Two Sams before. 
It is not that I am older and starting to repeat myself, 
but rather this story is becoming part of my personal holiday heritage. 
Here's how it goes....

Sam fake reads in a 2002 Country Living "Holidays" shoot
When I worked at Country Living magazine, I would sometimes stick a cute child in my stories. Naturally, I'd stick my own kids in, when appropriate and holiday time just seemed right. Dylan and Sammi have both been in the magazine over the years.

In 2002 Sammi was featured in a "Red & White Christmas" story. She sat in a big Ralph Lauren wing chair, dressed in white with cute red jester-like booties. She was fake reading "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and being a really great model. (she was not always the best behaved!).

Unbeknownst to me, this photograph touched someone else in a very meaningful way.

(Cut to 2004)

Mary's painting included stylistic differences. She darkened the hair, changed the book, and color of the chair.
I go to scout a house in Boca. Mary lives there; I have never met her before. I walk inside her home and notice a large painting over the mantle. It reminds me of the photograph of Sammi. I don't blurt anything out, but ask Mary a few questions and discover that the painting in her living room was indeed inspired by the photo of Sammi. It reminded Mary of her daughter when she was little. There is a dramatic pause before I tell her that the photo was of my own daughter. We both get the chills and hug. We share a unique connection.

So why do I tell this story during the holidays? 

1.  It is rather serendipitous...bordering on magical (at least for me).
2.  It is heartwarming, something that ties two people together for life (OK, that sounds quite dramatic, but I think it's true.)
3.  As Mary painted she was filled with gratitude for the inspiration.
4.  As Mary painted she was joyful, in the flow, and thinking of others.
5.  I believe that all the good energy that goes into creating art is healing and therefore good for the planet.
6.  I like that her name is Mary. Just sounds so perfect for a holiday tale.

Oh, and this time of year is a really good time to call someone up -- someone you have not been in touch with for a while -- and let them know you are thinking of them!

Happy holidays... happy and healthy days ahead, peace, love, and inspiration!

1 comment:

Nancy said...

That is just amazing, Jane! Love your serendipitous story. (Serendipity is one of my fave words. ;) ) Enjoy the rest of the holiday season.