Last January my son Eli and cousin Nancy were visiting. Bea had just returned to school, and we missed her already. A tradition at our house is for the remaining sibling to leave a surprise for the other to come home to. Nancy and Eli, both artists, did their homework.
Then, like the Shoemaker’s elves…
…they put that talent to work.
Not without hijinks. Anticipating Bea’s reaction was part of the fun.
It was a marvel to behold the masters at work.
Ah, the joy of creation!
Down to the last detail.
Bea visited earlier this week, and was so impressed that we think Frida might be sticking around for awhile. Eli will need to think of a new way to surprise his sister.
I’m sure he’ll come up with something.
All images and words ©2016Naomi Baltuck