Daisy Chain Red Gerberas
by Nancy Medina
Oil on Gallery Wrap Canvas
Daisy Chain Red Gerberas is a new daily painting in Flower Mound Studio as we count down the moments to the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in London. Seeing the festivities and fireworks around London Bridge on television bring back some wonderful memories from a summer I went to school at King's College, and visited the bridge while it was undergoing renovations. In July, rarely a day went by that we didn't need to wear sweaters or bring rain gear with us on our excursions there. On the one day the sun came out, the London folks started stripping off coats and sweaters and lying about on park benches and in the grass to catch the rays. I don't think I've ever seen a group of people so hungry for the sun.
A few months before my London trip was scheduled, my father had passed away, so the teachers in our group decided to house me with them in their dorm, rather than place me in what they thought would be a much louder environment with the other students. Each afternoon after classes I would find my way over to the student dorms and sit with my friends as we planned out our adventures. I remember the nights in that quiet teacher's dorm, in a building that was hundreds of years old, as the most painful hours in my life, mourning my father while in a distant, strange place, so far from everyone I loved. During the day my band of friends wrapped their smiles around me and took me with them on trips to the Tower Bridge, hiking the Seven Sisters, to Stonehenge, to Picadilly to see the London theater, and to the museums and historic estates. They say in life you are given hard things, but you are never given more than you can handle. I know for certain that I was given friends to carry me through at a time when I needed them most. I am very thankful for that.