My daugther Madeleine is 13 today. At 12:13a.m. last night she walked into the den where my husband was still awake and working and informed him he was now looking at a 13 year old. Yes, that is the time I finally managed to push all 9lbs 14oz of her from my womb. No easy task, but worth every stretch mark.
My son, Andrew, was only 2 at the time of her birth and as you can well imagine Madeleine was a pretty tricky name for him to pronounce. It came out “Maudewyn”. So that’s what we started calling her. Maudewyn soon got shortened to Maudie or Maude.
My daughter seems to be in a hurry to shed childhood and embrace teenagehood. Not unusual for this age group, but it still makes me a bit sad. Here I am at the age of 42 trying to remember the young girl I once was and to reconnect to the imagination and creativity that once flowed so easily and my daughter wants to slam the door on it all. I suppose it takes some age to realize what a special time childhood is.
So with that thought in mind I wanted to give honor to Madeleine’s childhood and make her something special. “Maudie & Lucy” is the result of that desire. I can’t say that the girl looks particularly like Maudie did (I have a lot to learn about sculpture work), but I think I nailed it with the basset hound!
Lucy was the first basset hound that we adopted. She was so gentle and sweet with Madeleine – tolerant of anything. Madeleine could dress her up, sit on her, paint her with nail polish – you name it – Lucy obliged. They were inseparable. Lucy slept with Madeleine at night. Even when Lucy got too old, she would stand by the bed waiting for me to lift her (considering she was about 55lbs, this was not so easy).
Unfortunately, Lucy passed away Thanksgiving night of 2005. It was a very unexpected and traumatic event for us. It was hard on us all, but particulary Madeleine. We still talk about Lucy and remember the silly times we had with her.
So this piece is for my daughter and her best buddy, Lucy. I hope Madeleine will always carry a little piece of the little girl ,Maudie, she once was and remember what a special time of life it was.