"Sunbeam" (Nelson County, VA)

2000
9"×11"
pencil and watercolor on bristol board

I've always been fond of this old (by my standards) picture of a "Sunbeam" bread truck trundling its way along a country road......if for no other reason than (and I kid you not) my high-skool French teacher (a very pretty, vivacious woman who also coached the cheerleaders of Science Hill High School) had actually and truly and genuinely been **A SUNBEAM GIRL**!

Her image had actually been on bread packages when she was six, and no one in town ever forgot that for a minute. As far as we were concerned, she was Our Celebrity. I adored her beyond measure, of course (she was, actually, a good teacher), and the biggest thrill of my entire high-school career came when she gave me FIRST PRIZE for "French Day".

At age 15, I had put my own mother (who's never cared didly-boo about cooking) through the wringer as I took over her kitchen to make my Very Special "Petits Four" (I think I used Betty Crocker cake Mix) and topped them with SUGARED VIOLETS (!) from the backyard. I had to WIN (and I did)!

I've never been so completely happy since that day. Still?....does it comes as a surprise to anyone that, 35 years later, I'm not exactly sitting around with a wife and three children?????.....

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