Just some thoughts:
I met a very interesting person today at the laundromat.
Maybe first I should explain. I don’t frequent laundromats often. You see I have three old cars and I clean and polish them a lot. My wife “prefers” that I do not wash my old car polishing and cleaning rags in our washer. So I take them to the laundromat and wash them. Thus why I was there today.
I noticed him sitting with pen and paper as I made my trips from my car into the laundromat with my baskets of rags. Hum, I though to myself that looked like a drawing of a 1957 Chevy. Walking by once again I saw a drawing of a baseball player standing on the mound.
Curiosity go to me. “You must be an artist” I said as I approached the man. He had on a Chicago White Sox’s’ baseball cap. Looking up he said, “Well I would like to be.” Then for the next thirty minutes or so I sat and talked with him. We had the best conversation. He told me his name was Don, he lived in Brooklyn and drove a truck. He was making a delivery here in Franklin and needed to do some washing.
I ask him did he mind showing me more of his drawings. That seemed to pleased him and the next thing I know he begins to show me his work. Don, was good, I mean really good. Professional good.
“You ever sell any of your work,” I ask. “No, no but I am thinking of starting a web site and trying to do some T-shirt work with my stuff.” “You should,” I said to him. “I got more drawings in my books in the truck if you’d like to see.” I told I would. He came back with three drawing books of all kinds of work. Animals, portraits, buildings, nature, sports, cars, all kinds of drawings.
Don, first seeing him today in the laundromat I would have said, “Yea, could be a truck driver.” But I would never have said, “an artist.”
You know we do a disservice to people when we make snap judgements about who they are, what they are like. Just another lesson that was reinforced to me today.
Don was driving a truck, but he was more than a truck driver. He is an artist. A lot of folks can be a lot more than what we think they are.
July 6, 2019