Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Dr. Berry and the Jacaranda Tree
This is a Jacaranda Tree. They bloom in spring these beautiful heads of purple with an ash type bark. It is a warm climate tree yet has been found in all parts of North America (easily adapts).
Dr. Berry has been Myla's Kindergarten teacher this year. What a blessing! I can't tell you how wonderful this woman is! She has helped to mold my sweet girl and push her to do things with great confidence and skill. From the first day I felt a great comfort knowing Myla had such a teacher on her side.
As I was thinking what to paint Dr. Berry Myla reminded me that her favorite color is purple. So I looked up purple trees and the Jacaranda seemed to fit perfectly the style, grace and beauty that this woman has put into her life work. She has a real love for her students and you can see that so readily. The greatest blessing came when she shared how she prays over each child and how she couldn't get through her day without Jesus helping her.
In the painting I have these little grass-like saplings at the foot of this tree. I wanted to show her as the "teacher" tree who helps grow all our little ones. I also put her son (who is in college now) behind her in the shadow of the light as her branches reach out over him. She is always talking about her wonderful son and you can tell she really cherishes being a Mom. Of course, the light throughout the painting is always my symbol for how God is ever present and that is quite evident in her life.
Dr. Berry, thank you so much for making Myla's first year in school a great one.