|A Sunrise for Marie (or from Marie!)|
|"Am I dead yet?"|
|Bon Voyage Marie|
The thought of Quena, Joa and me reuniting the following Christmas season in the throes of an Oregon winter was not inviting. We decided that whenever possible we would meet in a warm, sunny place to remember the winter of 2010-11. Marie would be with us no matter were we were, and she always did love love escaping the States at this time of year. So, Voila! A new family tradition was established.
|"El Grupo" - Puerto Angel, Oaxaca|
|22 on the beach|
The last two years we have all been in sunny places, but not together. Joa is working in Mali with Save the Children and cannot get to Mexico during Christmas. Quena has come the last two years and we have spent wonderful times in San Agustanillo, a laid back beach not far from Puerto Angel. We stay in a dream apartment with an unbelievable terrace that overlooks the sea. Marie would have sketched for hours there.
|La Mora Posada - San Agustanillo, Oaxaca|
|Joa and Evans celebrating in Bamako|
Hopefully next winter we will be able to rendez-vous in a place where the sun warms our hearts and let's us remember all the good things that happened to the four of us during the hardest time of our lives. Even in death, there are good times to be had, laughter in the air, mezcal mingled with tears. "La Catrina" would have it no other way!
Happy Anniversary, Marie. Hope you are filling up volumes of sketchbooks and meeting scores of interesting and unique people. You always do. And if we all get together in the sun next winter, besides playing 22, we will even play a few games of "Bull-sheet" in your honor!
|Ana, ice cream vendor, Puerto Angel|
|Empanada vendor - Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca|
|Pescadores, Puerto Angel|
|Marie's Sunset, 2013|