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Momâ€™s corner of our bedroom: art given to her from her â€œboysâ€
Upper left: a watercolor done by Howard. During the 70s (after Dad had divorced her and headed for NC) Mom rented rooms during the summer to actors engaged at the Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick, Maine. I love artists of any kind, especially actors because they have an energy about them that I find fascinating. This didnâ€™t keep me from referring to them as â€œFreaksâ€ however, for Iâ€™ve always been entirely too attracted to the inappropriate. The renters didnâ€™t much care for my wisecracking attitude, especially Howard who also happened to be gay. I think he saw a deeper meaning in my â€œFreakâ€ comments. As much as heâ€™d dread me dropping by in the summer, he absolutely loved Mom and gave her this watercolor heâ€™d done before he headed for LA in pursuit of an acting career.
Years later, when we went out to LA for my younger sisterâ€™s wedding Howard invited us all for a tour of the Playboy Mansion. Mom absolutely loved it. Howard was the mansionâ€™s greeter at time. I was amazed to see Shel Silverstein descending the stairs in a white kaftan as we walked by bowls filled with M&Ms. Those bowls were everywhere.
Lower left: a sketch done by Jimmy. Jimbo was another of Momâ€™s Hackmatack Playhouse actors who rented a room. He also was gay and didnâ€™t much care for my wisecracking either. Before he left he gave Mom this sketch of the sad little birch tree in her back yard that could be viewed from the kitchen window. He told her the title of the sketch was â€œBitchy Butchâ€™s Birch.â€ When she told me we both laughed until we almost wet our pants.
Upper right: a photo done by Ross. Ross was the music teacher at the school Mom had taught at and like just about anyone who ever met Mom, an instant and life long friend. He took her cat when she died.
Lower left: a watercolor I did for Mom. Mom always loved anything her â€œButchy boyâ€ did.
Thanks to Maura Wolfson-Foster for the spotlight
Also by John Linton
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