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A Mother’s Life Well Lived – Sow The Heart: One Story at a Time
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A Mother’s Life Well Lived

  • “Culture is simply a shared way of doing something with a passion.” ~ Brian Chesky

A few days before Easter I witnessed a heart-warming gathering during which a mother’s art influences on her child became very apparent and also his show of appreciation of that impact.

I’ll try to be brief. Artist Jonathan West is an oil painter whose floral work is currently on display at Liriodendron Mansion. His mom is 91 years young. Brightview Senior Living, where she resides, arranged to have a bus load of residents take a little day trip to Liriodendron to see Daphne’s son’s art work. What Daphne didn’t know was there was going to be a surprise awaiting for her at her destination. Jonathan had selected a half dozen or so paintings from his mom’s private collection of art which she painted throughout her life. He put them on display in the elegant living room of the Liriodendron Mansion. Daphne was astounded! Nearly speechless, when she saw her paintings on exhibit for her friends and acquaintances who also reside at Brightview Senior Living.

Jonathan has watched his mom paint since the age of eight. When I asked  her if she paints everyday, she said, “No, not as much as I’d like to. I’m much too busy where I live!” In this author’s opinion, I’d say she is still living a life well lived, at 91 years of age.

Daphne Vanderburgh’s Paintings

Below:  Jonathan West‘s “Belle Epoch

from his One Life Exhibition

Can you see a mother’s artistic and cultural influences on her son’s painting interests?

What made the day even more memorable for Daphne and her son is that she had been brought back to the neighborhood, once more, to where she resided and raised her family – the house right next door to the Liriodendron Mansion. Leslie, the manager of Liriodendron Mansion told the group all about the architecture of the historic structure and about  Dr. Howard Atwood Kelly and his family  who once lived there. Daphne and Jonathan were able to contribute interesting tidbits. Over the years of living next door, they’ve had privy to information about the property that few others know.

With Mother’s Day coming up in a few weeks, don’t forget to tell your Mom if her values, principles or life interests had an impact on you and what you most appreciate!




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