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Two Hundred And Forty Days of Father

by Bill Batson

For the last two hundred and forty days I wake each morning, cook my father breakfast, and paint his portrait.  These watercolors, including the one I posted this morning, are a daily tribute to my father, William Prime Batson.

I started the ritual on his 90th birthday, October 22, 2011.  If each day of living is a gift, each day of life after ninety is a winning lotto ticket, if you are comfortable and happy. Currently my father is both.

So every morning I savor and commemorate the moment with a watercolor painting. He is looking down in every painting because as I paint, he eats breakfast. Each painting represents one day of human life. I don’t know how many watercolors I will have the honor of painting.


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Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.

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