It all started with tulips.
Actually they were topsy-turvy tulips.
In fact, for years Sue and I gave each other gifts in boxes – five different boxes – that were covered with a tulip gift wrap paper that I found in Wheaton.
After Bas and I moved to Oregon, we learned that the watercolorist who painted the topsy-turvy tulip painting – Judy Buswell – lives in Oregon. One day on our way to the Oregon coast, we stopped at the Judy Buswell Gallery in Willamina, Oregon. We were delighted to learn that Judy herself was in the gallery that day. We met both Judy and her husband, Don, and thoroughly enjoyed talking with the two of them. We learned that Don had picked the tulips for the topsy-turvy tulip painting at their neighbor’s house. I told Judy and Don about my friend Sue and the fact that she had given me my first “Judy Buswell” item.
While looking at Judy Buswell greeting cards in her gallery that day, I discovered one with the exact pink tulips that are on the gift wrap on the boxes that Sue and I had used for years when we exchanged gifts. I gasped. I had had no idea the pink tulips on the gift wrap came from one of Judy’s paintings.
Since that day in the gallery, Don and Judy have become good friends. Judy has donated artwork to the Medical Teams International auctions. We have had dinner together many times, both at our homes in Oregon and when we’ve both been camping in southern California.
Don and Judy love life. They love to explore. They love to laugh. They love people. They love learning new things. As a result, we have loved being with them. They are both interesting and interested
So, on the final day of our cross-country road trip, we stopped to spend a night with Don and Judy at their home in southern Oregon..
Throughout the kitchen were baskets with fruits and vegetables, artfully arranged. On the walls hang Judy’s watercolors picturing other baskets with fruits, vegetables, and flowers.
We had a lovely salmon dinner – after all, we’re back in a Oregon! – and great conversation.
Ever-present through the dinner, but very courteous, was Rusty, the labradoodle that Don and Judy won at a Medical Teams International auction several years ago. His sweet and energetic presence has changed their lives.
Before we left, Judy and I found one of her pink tulip paintings and recounted again how our friendship started so many years ago.