Monday, May 28, 2007

SF Fantasies

Tonight I was poking around in my studio, trying to get an idea of what to keep and what to let go of for our upcoming move, when I found this gouache painting my mom did in '66. I'm not a person who believes in "signs" or "messages", but I did feel comforted and reassured by this little painting. It reminds me of how much my Mom loved the city, and how I love it too!

You know, I was born in Berkeley and have enjoyed San Francisco and the Bay Area all of my life. La La Pat said that she remembers she and Mom taking me over the bridge to the city when I was just a few months old. I've always loved visiting SF and I've actively fantasized about living there, mostly when I was in my teens and twenties. I don't think Bill has any SF fantasies. This worries me... We always thought we would go more rural than more urban. I dread him being unhappy, almost as much as I dread really loving it and having to leave it.

I'm trying to remember all the facts, and I don't have all the details organized in my head but I believe my Maternal Grandmother and Grandfather both lived, met, fell in love and got married in SF, my Great Great Grandmother and Grandfather lived and spent their last days there as well. Pat, can you set me staight...?


Anonymous said...

That is a painting of Kelly's Market. It was at the corner of Union and Webster. Right down the street from where we lived on Pierce St. Both sets of you maternal grandparents lived in San Francisco for years and years. Your grandparents courted on Treasure Island, during the '39 World's Fair. Long stretch of history there. My favorite photo that I keep in my wallet is of Grandma and you off to the City. You are a little, little baby, but always perky.

Mariposa said...

Your mom's painting is sweet and whimsical. That is neat that you both were artists.

Project Pink Suitcase said...

I just saw a documentary on the Bird Man of Telegraph Hill in SF. It was a fascinating story of a man who became involved with a flock of wild parrots in SF. It was on KCET. It was random that I was watching it. It just reminded me of how much I always love visiting SF. Sometimes I have fantasized about living there myself if the opportunity ever presented itself. It was fun meeting you in person over the holiday. Keep up the wonderful blog!!!