Thursday, September 27, 2007

Mokuleia tribute

When I lived on Oahu, I used to drive home after work, pick up my pup, and drive out to this beach in Mokuleia on the North Shore and swim until the sun set. After being totally exhausted and covered in salt water and sand, she and I would head to Pizza Bobs and share a veggie pizza in the car (sans onions). I have fond memories of wolfing down the pizza as the car windows steamed up.

This is a very quick sketch of our swimming area that I revisited this past weekend. It was a nice spot to sit and reflect and pay tribute to a dog that loved pizza and the ocean as much as I did. Here is a pic of her with a coconut she found floating in the water.

12 comments:

r.e.wolf said...

Sounds like a wonderful "personal ritual" the two of you shared!

Kate said...

This sketch is beautiful, and OMG that doggie looks a lot like mine! What a great little swimming companion you had!

karen blados said...

Made me cry. She looks like my first dog, Meatball, whom we lost to cancer when he was just five. Such a goofy dog and wonderful foot warmer, it's been five years and I still miss the little guy. Funny how they become one of the family, isn't it?

jeanette mistress of longears said...

They really are man's best friend! :) thanks for the shared memory.

Joan Y said...

Ryan - Perfect words for it. It was a personal ritual!

Kate - Yeah, I noticed the resemblance right off. She was fearless and dived into surf. I've never seen dogs to that.

Karen - I tear up thinking about Lokahi too. She had a good life.

Jeanette - Yep, fun times with my best buddy.

Serena said...

Your post tugged at my heart-strings. Dogs are more than just pets, aren't they....they really do become our best friends. A beautiful sketch, Joan, with a very majestic feel to it.

Anita said...

Beautiful sketch and story Joan.

drb said...

So you both "wolfed" the pizza; did Lokahi always pick veggie?

Tracy said...

i love your drawing - it looks like paradise and the photo - well wasn't she just the sweetest - what a face. sounds as if you were the best of friends - sharing life and pizza. our pets are our best friends aren't they? thank you for sharing the memory and her wonderful photo.

wagonized said...

Gosh -- i saw the pic on Flickr -- and loved it right there. But reading your narrative adds so much. Aw, Joan.

mrana said...

Oh Joan, what a beautiful story! I was right there with you, truly, teary-eyed and all.

andrea joseph's sketchblog said...

Aaaaw, Jo, I have a tear in my eye now, reading your post, seeing your girl and reading the comments. Beautiful drawing, beautiful post.