Graffiti Love

The following emails were exchanged between me and my Mom, a couple weeks back, regarding a birthday gift for her husband, Randy…

Three days later, I received one of Randy’s train cars…

…along with a little note from my Mom…

So I printed out some letters from to use as a guide…

…and (nervously) began to draw…

…and paint…

…and sent the train car back to her as soon as it was dry.

Thanks to all the Mom’s out there that continue to encourage their children to create and color outside the lines. Us kids really, really appreciate it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

PS- I’m happy to report that Randy loved the train car (whew!)…

“We hooked it up during happy hour, and smiled every time it went by. We named it ‘The Love Train’. We have a little guy in one of the open doorways in another car on that same train, and we like to envision that it’s his Valentine from whomever he’s leaving behind, too. Hope you two have a great day!
Love, Mom”

(Me, my Mom, and Randy…watching the trains go ’round, a couple years back.)

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  1. Lynda says

    Layla, this touches my heart more than I can say. Your immense creativity and talent have always been obvious, but what shines through in this entry is your mom’s confidence and pride in you, and the care you took to live up to it. It all speaks volumes about the love, respect and affection between the three of you, and anytime I see something that special, I feel honored to be in its presence. Bless your hearts.

    • Reba Labat says

      Hi Layla,
      I’ve been following your blog for a long time. You have such great style and southern flourish abounds!! When I saw your train, I almost cried. Too cute…my Grandma lived in Bay st Louis, Ms. right down the road from Slidell. She lived right on the road that the rr tracks passed thru…We used to watch the graffiti trains pass by. What a precious idea–Keep up the great work. You are my shero!!

  2. Melissa says

    I have ALWAYS wanted to paint something in graffiti on my sons wall and every time I ask he says no. I have finally gotten permission from him after we sat and watched the cars go by the other day. Your post makes me want to break out the spray paint this weekend 😉

  3. Kim says

    I love this idea… very creative. I live in California…. Honestly, they should teach “graffiti” as a subject in school it’s so prevalent here!!! I have old 45’s (records…. for the younger set) with grafitti on them from the late 60’s/early ’70’s from “exchanging” records with friends in jr. high. That would be a pretty interesting display piece too… Love this idea.

  4. says

    I love it and have one question: Is there anything that you can’t do? You’re truly an inspiration, you know no boundaries!

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