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Mrs. Jones and Bebop the Cat by F. Magdalene Austin
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True story – but the names have been changed to protect the unique.

An older lady lived down the hall from me for years. As a matter of fact she lived in the apartment building the day it opened to the public. Her apartment number matched her date of birth. I figured being a senior citizen she didn’t have much company so I took it upon myself to go visit and check in on her. To my surprise she was quite irritated by me popping in from time to time. It turns out “Mrs. Jones” was raised in a huge family and her children constantly dropped in on her. One day when I came by she opened the door with “Bebop” in her arms and told me not to come back. She said she wanted to enjoy her old age in peace. She slammed the door in my face. I suppose when you have a host of children waiting on you hand in foot, calling you all hours of the day to interrupt your soap operas the last thing you need is some do-good neighbor knocking on your door.

On one my many visits when she put up with me I was able to see all her treasures collected over the years. I witnessed the decay of furniture older than me, of mismatched wall paper that covered parts of the wall surely never painted since she moved in. I saw shag green carpet and of course Bebop. He was always well taken care of. Bebop was brushed and friendly but surely as old as his mistress. He ate from a fake crystal dish under her wobbly kitchen table covered in an antique pea green cloth. He slept on her bed and at her swollen feet. They were a pair not to be disturbed. Together they grew older down the hall until the day when it was time for Mrs. Jones to go home.

Mrs. Jones, though I was a source of irritation to you and constantly interrupted your late year peace I did enjoy rummaging through your apartment and listening to stories of the old days. Thank you for your time. I have a secret to tell you though, I visited more for me than you. I knew you had a lot to offer but I should have met you in your younger years when you had more time for the constant questions of a neighbor with a hidden agenda….. Seek wisdom from a unique individual before the wisdom is lost.

F. Magdalene

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black cat, black woman, characters, elderly, funny, people

Comments

  • Paul Quixote Alleyne
    Paul Quixote A...over 5 years ago

    lol. Great image, Magdelene. Sure tells a story.

  • It took everything I had to not paint her facial hair :0)

    – F. Magdalene Austin

  • Rita  H. Ireland
    Rita H. Irelandover 5 years ago

    Very cute!

  • zangi12
    zangi12over 5 years ago

    nice composition. their eyes tell us a lot of things.

  • GloriaDK
    GloriaDKover 5 years ago

    great piece of art Magalene, I love the cat. Glad the neighbour wasn’t lonely.

  • Leon A.  Walker
    Leon A. Walkerover 5 years ago

    That story is funny as hell. Thats what you get for spreadin the luv. lol. Great painting!!! It has a blue dog feel.

  • Beautifuldreamer
    Beautifuldreamerover 5 years ago

    I want this painting.

  • Well then Beautiful Dreamer, you must have it. :-)
    F. Mag

    – F. Magdalene Austin

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerabout 5 years ago

    That’s quite an amazing painting..well done!!!

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 4 years ago

  • Heck yes!! That is so cool. Thank you!
    Faith

    – F. Magdalene Austin

  • GittiArt
    GittiArtover 4 years ago

    Love it in every way !!!Bravo Magdalene!!!

  • This little lady was so funny with her mismatch life and wisdom out of the ordinary. She was a delight.

    – F. Magdalene Austin

  • Rusty  Gladdish
    Rusty Gladdishover 4 years ago

    What a fabulous painting! A real prize winner! It’s true what you say though about us wanting to feel good or less guilty about those who are most vulnerable in our societies.She sounded very independent and Bebop was treated like a king. We can learn so much about each other if we could only take the trouble. I loved reading this little story. Very moving and poignant! Brilliant artwork too!

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