Thursday, October 22, 2009

Filled with memories

Fiona in the Forget-me-nots
marker on bond paper
12 x 14 inches
Barbara Muir © 2009

We heard yesterday that a friend of ours, Mitchell Goldbloom,
had lost his brave fight against cancer. We met Mitch almost
10 years ago when our dogs were puppies and a bunch
of us walked together in the park. He was a kind, funny
and loving young man, and it was exciting for us when his
wife, Dana was pregnant with their first daughter, Thalia
who is eight years old. Mitch was a doting father. With
the birth of their second daughter, Jordon, their family
was complete. Mitch and Dana were especially close to my
friend, Josephine and often he and Dana would be at
Josephine's parties with the two little girls in their party
dresses. Mitch absolutely enjoyed every minute he was
with those little girls. The couple were successful, thriving,
happy with their careers, Mitchell as a lawyer, and Dana
as a doctor, and they loved one another deeply.

My mind is filled with bits and pieces of memory tonight.
I've tried unsuccessfully all night to draw Mitch's portrait.
Instead I'm putting in a quick sketch of my cat, Fiona out
in the garden last spring.

Have a loving-your-family day.


Melinda said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss and that of the family's.

A lovely drawing--pensive, focused, just right.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi Melinda,

Thanks so much. It was a very moving ceremony.

Take care,


LeSan said...

I am very sorry for all of you. I am especially sorry for his children who have obviously lost a wonderful loving father. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Thank you Barbara for sharing this bit of his life with us. It is an important gift that we do not forget one another.

Barbara Muir said...

Hi LeSan,

I am especially sorry for his wife. Driving to the service I thought about my husband, and how we would sit
together and hold hands. I could feel the warmth of his hand in mine, and how comforting that would be. That made me cry for Mitch's wife.

Thanks for your kindness and your lovely writing.

Take care,


Nicki said...

Love it! So few marks, but such impact!

I'm sorry to hear this sad news. I keep thinking that could be me... details of my life are similar- and my heart aches for his wife. I really just can't imagine...

Hugs to you,

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