Finding Purpose

Love Your Spouse Facebook Challenge: Day 6

In the 1999 movie Office Space, there is a character named Michael Bolton who is obsessed with the Navy Seals. You see his obsession in his home, by the Navy Seals flag hanging over his couch. Then again in his office with this original Navy Seals recruitment poster.

Michael Bolton Office Space
Michael Bolton Office Space

Office Space  for those in my generation was a iconic movie. But what on earth does that have to do with my Love Your Spouse Facebook Challenge?

Like Ron in Office Space, I’m not one to follow rules. I’m making my own and sharing inspirational stories my Husband and I find all around us.

More specifically in this case, my Mom, Mary Jo and her husband Mark. Mark it just so happens, can be seen in the Office Space poster in Michael Bolton’s office. Mark is one of the first Navy Seals from Seal Team Six.

Meet Mary Jo & Mark

Mary Jo and Mark
Mary Jo and Mark

Now, I can’t tell you much about Mark’s service for our country. Mainly because, Seal Team Six, is a little like Fight Club. The first rule about Seal Team Six, is you don’t talk about Seal Team Six.

What I can say is, I know Mark needs knee surgery, but he is putting it off because he doesn’t feel the pain. Shrapnel damaged his nerves. I know whenever Mark and my Husband Bello start talking world travel, Mark’s been there. Although his view of the place was usually seen while treading water for two days off the coast, through night vision googles or from a parachute.

Years ago, when I wanted to go Sky Diving, Mark was the first to ante up and go with me. My poor Mom had to watch that one. Can you imagine?

Speaking of my Mom, she’s the one who found this old poster in Mark’s things. She’s the one who snuck it away to have it framed and give it back to Mark as a gift.

Mark's Copy of HIs Navy Seals Poster
Mark (Bottom Right) In His  Copy of a Navy Seals Poster

Mom knew Mark had likely forgotten all about this poster. She knew, because she pays attention.

When my Mom loves you, she gives you things you don’t even know, you need. Like when I was a kid and each year for Easter, I had a pretty new dress full of flowers and a house full of hidden Easter Eggs.

One year, I started noticing Mom was wearing the same dress again and again, year after year for Easter. Our family couldn’t afford a new dress for Mom AND a new dress for my Sister and I. Guess who always got the new dress. Yep, Amber and I.

My Mom too has seen the world. She traveled for work, eventually stepping foot on every continent. She waited though, to start traveling until my Sister and I were older. She knew we needed her there, even if we didn’t realize it.

My Mom says “all I ever wanted, was to be a Mom.” She was and she knocked it out of the park. She also taught my Sister, by way of example, how to be a great Mom.

Mom, Myself and Paolo in NYC
Mom, Myself and Paolo in NYC

My Mom worked. She worked hard, full time. Yet still, every night without fail, we had a home cooked meal in a clean, warm, happy home. We got to decorate Mom’s homemade cutout cookies. Ate homemade donuts with an orange glaze on the weekend. Learned to make Kringla, Kumla and Lefsa, our families Norwegian recipes. We came inside from snowball fights to warm hot chocolate.

Mom and Mark are examples of people who sacrificed, both in their own way, for the benefit of others. Mark might not have been there when I grew up, but now, as adults, he treats me as if he was. I’m one of his kids and he makes space for me in his life, his heart and his home.

As a kid there was always, always a hug when I needed one. As an adult, I still get a hug when I need one, but I also get a glass of red wine and a good conversation too.

To Mom & Mark, Paolo and I dedicate “Merry Cherry”
from Paolo Ferraris Colors
, because they gave me the chance to be this happy.

Merry Cherry by Paolo Ferraris Colors
Merry Cherry by Paolo Ferraris Colors

Please join Paolo Ferraris Colors on September 5th at the Upper Arlington Arts Festival  (‪#‎UALDAF‬) where his prints created with the support and inspiration of our loved ones, will be available.

Supporters outside Ohio can see Paolo Ferraris Colors full collection online.

Interior Designer & Art Consultants can contact this Emerging Artist at or 917-444-2999.

Yours in Color,

Paolo (aka Bello) & Brandy (aka Piccola)

Mark, Paolo, Myself & Mom
Mark, Paolo, Myself & Mom

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