Tis the season for surprises and gifts, colored paper and sparkly bags, ribbons and bows.
I learned to wrap really well during the Christmas season the first year after we married. I was a teacher, but during those off weeks, I took an extra job working in the giftwrap department at Dillard's. People would give us their purchase, choose their paper and bow style, then take a number and go back to shopping while we wrapped their gift. Most of the wrapper ladies only wanted to work in the back rather than dealing directly with the customers. I loved being the go-between customers and wrappers. I made happy conversation with them even though they always acted shocked that there would be a wait. I organized the merchandise in the right sized boxes with the wrapping style noted for the ladies in the back. I took payments. And, I got to hand them their beautifully wrapped presents. That was always the best part... until... that day.
It was busy... lots of gifts to wrap... a long wait for customers... boxes (both waiting to be wrapped and ready to be picked up) were all over the place... I don't know that I was taking time to pay much attention to individuals as they came in. A lady handed me her claim ticket. I went to find the box. It wasn't there. It wasn't anywhere. She was not happy. I was beginning panic then I remembered, "Oh, yes! Yours was that expensive Dooney and Bourke handbag! It didn't fit in a regular box, so we had to set it in a different spot!" Silence... I thought she'd be happy. She glared at me then turned to the young lady beside her..."Well, Merry Christmas..." Yeah, I ruined her surprise. Ugh... How to take that back!
Lessons learned from that? Let's see... Don't forget to pay attention to people even when you multitask? or Don't get a job wrapping packages in a department store at Christmas? or Just keep my mouth shut? Oh, I probably didn't learn anything from it, but yikes... That was in 1985 but is still fresh in my mind.
My weekly-ish painting challenge with my dear friend Cheri was "Bright & Shiny." I always struggle with painting shiny metals. Thanks to Lynn D. Pratt for a great YouTube lesson, I think I got this one right.
Oil Painting on 8"x 8" Canvas Board