The Hidden Painting

For as long as I can remember my grandmother had a stack of unused paintings stacked in the bedroom designated for the grandkids. The closet was a typical small closet for a house built in 20s and it was very stark and clean with a few toys on shelves to the left and on the closet floor to the right was a stack of about 8 paintings and photographs which were not fortunate enough to be showcased somewhere in the house. As a young child I used to sit on floor and look at the paintings and one always caught my eye. I loved the mountains in a special painting and dreamed of being where this was. Years passed and both of my grandparents passed on. My sister and I were young and closed down our grandparents home and went about the task of living life and raising our families. A few years ago we were looking for something at my sister’s house and I spotted that special painting. It sparked that special feeling in my heart. My grandmother had penciled in a message on the back that stated she and my grandfather visited Chateau Lake Louise in Canada in 1937 and purchased the picture. I immediately decided that this destination would be at the top of my “Bucket List.”

This is the lovely photograph from 1937 that nudged me to want to venture to Canada to see a beautiful spot that my grandparents had very much loved. My sister had this painting duplicated so I could have a copy at my home. It has a special spot and I can enjoy it ever single day!

LakeLouise 1937

Summer 2016 I finally realized my dream of visiting this place of mystery and beauty. I was able to stay, hike, dine and just take in the awesomeness that my grandparents had enjoyed decades before me. It was more than simply a nice trip, but rather a deep emotional bond and link to the past with my sweet grandparents. I am very lucky that my supportive friend knew how much it would mean to me and made it happen!  Chateau Lake Louise was beyond anything I could have imagined, but to stand on the shores of the prettiest place I have ever visited simply left me without words and imprinted brilliant visions in my head and heart that literally will last a lifetime.


Lake Louise

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  1. Bunny, such a lovely, stirring story. Love that you were able to come full circle with that painting. Art truly is an inspiration, as well as the natural beauty of our world. Thank you for sharing your personal journey to stay in touch with your sweet grandparents.

  2. Kelli Johnson says

    This is so special! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Love hearing and seeing the origin of why you wanted to make that trip. So happy you did.

  4. Jill Calder says

    What precious memories from your grandparents and last summer. Thank you for sharing. I always enjoy what you write and picture you share on Facebook, but especially enjoyed this blog entry. Have s wonderful fall and keep writing and sharing! My love and prayers, Jill Calder
    (You probably do not know that my name is Jill Shackelford Calder. I wonder if I am related to You and Larry.’I remember fondly His Mom and Dad from their days at UBC. What a precious couple!)

  5. Carolyn Lorimer says

    What a wonderful memory! How special to cisit the beautiful olace connected with memories of your grandmother. I wonder what memories YOUR grandkids have of time spent with you at the ranch/farm(can’t remember which it is!). Your grandcamp is a gift of love and time they will remember for years to come.

    • weekendcowgirl says

      Memories are the best and most important facet of life I think! They leave us with smiles’ laughter and tears…

  6. That is so cool! The painting and the photo are both beautiful.

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