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Art of the Day: Tuesday February 10, 2004

retro beach girl with sailor boy

- by Amie R Gillingham

This week's theme: Coupling


  1. Two items of the same kind; a pair.
  2. Something that joins or connects two things together; a link.
  3. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
    a. Two people united, as by betrothal or marriage.
    b. Two people together.

Two people together. A pair bond. It is a desire that has driven humans as far back as anyone can trace. It is the theme of some of our oldest tales and found in some of our oldest images. And here in the 21st century, it holds us captive still.

-Melissa Morton

Art: retro beach girl with sailor boy by Artist Amie R Gillingham
part of my retro beach girls series--this is a portrait of my aunt claire and an unknown navy boy she met at virginia beach in the 40's

my aunt was never a mother. she never even married. and yet motherhood was so important to her, perhaps because she was only able to experience it vicariously. she often used to send me notes addressed "to future mother amie" with little prayers for me. she so much hoped to see my husband and i be blessed with a big brood upon which she could lavish love as she had done for me and my mother before me. it saddens me deeply that she died before my first child, which shares her name, was born. even though abbey claire will never know her great great aunt, it's wonderous to me that my daughter has my aunt's nose, that same distinctive scowl of displeasure, and a very similar infectuous nervous laugh.

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