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Words & Images: Flaming Memories

by Lee Jerris

She was all that was ever expected of a flaming red head that is either of myth or truth. As a very young child her beauty was readily apparent, and she wore it comfortably.  People would stop her stroller first because of the blinding shade of her hair, but after a first complement or two, her creamy smooth, ivory skin and sparkling hazel eyes drew them in to even further conversation. She had a sweet little face with a darling turned-up little nose, rosy cheeks, beautiful tulip lips and her hair cascaded in gentle curls all about her wonderful canvas. Her personality accommodated by smiles, laughter and appreciative baby talk.
As a young woman with a great interest in the latest fashions, she were beautifully detailed suits, and the latest of casual clothes.  Her accessories were the equal to her clothing, with shoes and handbags and designer named quality, in colors to complement each outfit. Although the average height she had rather large hands, with wider than usual fingers. Nails always manicured in the cover of today: orange pink, platinum, ballet slipper, always looking as though she just left the salon and never cooked or did dishes. Jewelry was her friend and she definitely had a great collection, some of which she made and some purchased.
She was a collector semi-precious and precious stones and was quite an expert in lapidary. So the beautiful gray wool gabardine suit with the 3/4 coat/jacket went with purple printed, Knotted scarf and the silver ring (rather large to accommodate the wide ring finger) and pin on lapel each having a Tanzanite stone to match. She was a photo out of Vogue in a sight for sore eyes.
This Vogue package came with self-assured attitude and the daring that allowed her to try anything as failure was no consequence. When returning to the workforce after childrearing, she was one of the first women to work and ride with a group of men on trucks installing Cablevision systems in homes in Rockland County.
The uniform she donned was not the epitome of fashion. Sales was more her cup of tea and at that she excelled.

Lee Jerris is a student at the Learning Collaborative

Words and Images is a column that features the work of students from Bill Batson’s sketch logging class at the Learning Collaborative.  

Thanks to Editorial Assistance Bonnie Timm.


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