Monday, May 21, 2012

Banana Pancakes




 Time flies when your not watching the clock.. This painting was created in 2005 while I was here in the America and my wife was in Brasil. to keep the story somewhat short, my wife was born in Brasil and immigrated here legally and we got married. Once we were married we we headed off on a Caribbean cruise from the southern tip of Texas to the northern most tip of South America. Everything was great, I was (and still am) in love and lucky enough to be married to that love. Upon returning to Texas the passport inspecting officer questioned if my wife got on the boat while at port in South America... So in the interest of keeping this shorter then longer, we almost didn't make it back to our flight and had to report to a meeting at a homeland security office in the Northeast. We were told that while the paper work for this was going through she must return too Brasil for 30 days at the most while it processed. This was so she was not found guilty of being here illegally, which we later learned was a $495. fine an "apology" to the US government.
 So we were heart broken and I never knew a man could have so many tears. So we took about all of our wedding gift money and bought Raquele a ticket to Brasil within the seven days we had til we were gonna be guilty of something else..?.  One week short of two years later my wife returned home.

 Tomorrow is my eight year anniversary with Raquele. I am so thankful for her and all she brings to my life. Raquele, I love you! Happy Anniversary.
  This painting being shown "Banana Pancakes" 30x40" 2005 (because she loves it and its hers) was painted of us wearing old tyme clothes on my first visit to Brasil after she left. I know its not so great but we like it

7 comments:

Jackie said...

What a beautiful post Dan-- brought tears to my eyes! You and Raquele are so lucky-- congrats and a big Happy Anniversary to you both!

Mick Carney said...

I still get angry when I think of this story. When over officious individuals interfere in the lives of decent people it invariably ends in tears. As two of my favourite people I just hate that you have had to experience this. All our love for your anniversary.

Karin and Tom said...

Dan, it made me cry just thinking back on those times and what you each went through. The painting is beautiful,I always loved it and I'll always love you both.

Raquele said...

Thank you guys for the kind words...
All I know is that we are here, strong and very happy.
Happy anniversary Dan, I love you

William R. Moore said...

Congratulations Dan and Raquele. Bureaucrats duh?

Eden Compton Pastels and Oils said...

Great painting Dan! I know your story well. My parents are immigration attorneys and my husband is from New Zealand. It took us close to ten years to get his green card. Every time we had to clear nto a customs office in the Caribbean I had to hold my breath and pray that they weren't going to just put him on a plane to New Zealand. It always scared me to death (cause I can't sail that boat by myself ; ) !

Dan Corey said...

Thanks everyone! I didn't mean to cause any tears, I tried to keep it simple and left most of the sad stuff out. I will talk a little more about it in a future post.