Friday, July 17, 2009

So this happened...

On the morning of February 26, 2006, Heather McGowan, a young lady of my acquaintance, had breakfast with me at Patrick's Roadhouse on the Pacific Coast Highway. Later that night, a chain of events would occur that would lead to us being where we are now, together and delightfully in love, but as we sat there in the morning sunshine, this was all in the future. So we sat there and passed the time before our meals arrived with talk of this and that and as I am wont to do, I was fooling with my Treo and I took a few pictures.

This was one:

Later, it would become a favorite of both of ours. And then one day this April, I read on the internet that famed director and all-around French guy Michel Gondry, whose artistic vision is undeniable, and whose film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" still resonates quite firmly with me, and whose work is equally significant to Heather, I read that he was going to have people send him photos and from these photos draw sketches and then send them back to the people from whom he received the photos. I did not need to think too hard on this, and sent off a photo (the very photo you see above), and told him that this picture was of one Miss Heather McGowan, and that she is my love. And some time passed, and then today, lo and behold, a small envelope arrives in the post, and contained within is the result:

which he made with his own French hands and signed and sent to us, which has made both of us very happy indeed.

Edit (July 2011): I suppose this deserves a postscript. A year after posting this, Heather left. It's now a year after that. It seems that I have learned to appreciate Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind on an entirely new level. Good art grows with you, I suppose. I still have the painting, in the envelope it came in. The rest is gone.