Last week I wrote a post about a mural being painted downtown by Mary Lacy from Vermont. She has made great progress on the alligator; nevertheless, an invitation was sent out for a painting party. I was excited about this event. I wanted to leave my own mark on this city icon.
The newspaper showed up and lined up some volunteers along the wall with Mary in the middle. She’s the tall one laughing.
My friend Charleen was already painting when I arrived. I asked her, “How do I get to paint?” Not five minutes later she had the artist at my side handing me a paintbrush.
I painted with a father/daughter team. The daughter was eight years old. I have no problem talking to eight year olds. We had a nice conversation while we painted.
There was a group of students from Arcadia University in Pennsylvania helping out. They are spending their spring break volunteering for local nonprofit organizations around town. They were a fun group of energetic kids.
What is a party without food from a nearby cafe and boxes of cheap wine? The mayor stopped by to put his handprint on the project.
Mary predicts that she will be finished by Friday. I predict that our stop may be her favorite on the 10 location tour. She loved the food, the fellowship, and friendliness of New Iberia. I will drive by the gator daily and think fondly of my afternoon.