Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I'll see you at the beach

I'll see you at the beach
6 x 6, oil

Rob is a good friend of mine.  He's one of those guys that when you bring up his name in a conversation, you usually hear someone say, "Rob's a great guy."  

Recently Rob shared a story with me about his grandmother.  Rob was very close to his Granny growing up and when he moved away from home in his early 20's, he talked to her on the phone every night.  She expressed to him how she wanted "a visual" of where he lived when she talked to him, so he picked her up one day and drove her to his new apartment.  On the journey, they traveled over a huge lake in Alabama, and she leaned forward and asked him, "Is this the ocean???"  Rob explained how his grandmother had never been anywhere her whole life, so he said his wheels started turning and he decided that he was going to take her to the beach, because she needed to see the ocean.  

He told me how he walked her out on the 8th floor balcony and she stumbled when she saw the ocean for the first time in her life.  She said that this was her new "visual" for Heaven, and they spent two days together talking on the balcony and walking hand in hand on the beach.

A few years later, Rob's grandmother was passing from this life into her new eternal one, and Rob leaned down and whispered to her, "I'll see you at the beach."

I found this little photo of Rob and his grandmother on his facebook page, and decided that I would paint  it after hearing the beautiful story.

Thanks Rob, for all that you do.

Rob Goodwin has a blog that's worth reading, titled "Emotional Victory."