One of my favourite sayings is that ‘none of us is ever creative enough to know how things will actually work out’ – which is why during my more enlightened latter years, I try not to force issues, but rather allow life to evolve.
This brings me to another story about the arrival of Claudia into my life during the summer of 1977.
Oil on canvas of Claudia aged 17.
In 1977, I was living with my husband and two children just outside of West Chester, Pennsylvania. My son was eleven and my daughter two years old.
Friends told us of a young French girl who wanted to spend some time in the United States to better her English, and who would make an excellent au pair. We agreed to be the host family for Claudia.
We drove to JFK airport filled with anticipation as well as a sign which would alert Claudia as to who we were.
I remember the moment she came down the stairs and how we all immediately jelled. By the time we reached home, it was as if we had always known one another.
From that day on, Claudia became a life long friend and muse.
I could write reams about Claudia….her work as an actress and director of theatre…her family and the many wonderful times we have spent together, but let it suffice to say, that our meeting was a very special one and once again proves the point that we never know who or what is just around the proverbial corner.
Magical Hummingbirds have always surrounded this very special friendship.