Yesterday, Mom decided to try something different and make an eggplant parmesan for dinner.
She found a recipe in which the eggplant is breaded and baked instead of fried. Mom liked it, but said the eggplant parmesan she’d had with GiGi was better. Sometimes, Mom is hard on herself.
Dad called Mom and said, “How much of that eggplant parmesan do we have? Because I’m bringing a guest to dinner, and I’ll be home in 15 minutes.”
Mom went into a blind panic, but was thankful she’d cooked enough for a small army. (She is still not used to only 3 humans living in the house).
Dad’s guest was a very, very, interesting man named, “Gines”. The “G” is practically silent, and sounds like, “Inez”. Gines is new to Dad’s work, and he spent the day alongside Dad, learning the ropes.
Gines was born in France, is Venezuelan by heritage, and has also lived in Spain. He is an artist, was the owner of a fabulous salon in the U.S., and now is doing art with – of all mediums – horse tails. Let me explain how this works.
Say, for example, you have a beloved horse and it passes away. Naturally, you would want a memorial to this magnificent animal. Gines would take the tail and braid it any number of different ways, display it in a hand-made cabinet with your ribbons, awards, photos, and the like. He showed Mom several pictures of his work and she was blown away. Some of the tails were braided with 8 strands. This business has not taken off yet, so he is kind of doing this on the side.
Gines also has done body painting, hair, makeup, and photography. He is internationally known and recognized. Mom thought he was very Continental and talented. She was also nervous about serving him the eggplant.
Gines and Dad loved the eggplant. They ate, talked some business, talked some amusing stories, and then Dad gave Gines a ride back to the office, where he then took his car and went home.
After Dad and our special guest left, Mom allowed me to have some of the sauce from the eggplant parmesan. I can attest that it was delicious!
If anyone wants information about Gines and his art, please send Mom an email at email@example.com and she will give you the information.
Woof! Love, Maggie