Post about Dave and my paintings.

I have been busy and I have been lazy. But more busy than lazy. From Monday to Friday, my days are filled with Art Center, Rotary Club, Mentoring students at a school , Picking my grandsons from their schools on different days, painting, etc. etc. Honestly I don’t know where the day goes.

I had bought tickets for Chicago this Thursday, to go back up and see Eunice. Then Saadi informed me that Dave is starting his immunotherapy regimen tomorrow. They will go to Barnes/ Jewish Hospital in St. Louis tomorrow morning to start the treatment. I thought that would be okay, and I could still go up to Chicago on Thursday and return on Saturday, spending three full days with Eunice. On Wednesday of last week Saadi told me that I shouldn’t do anything for her birthday (on the 13th), because on Friday, Dave will be transfused with the harvested cells, and that is supposed to make him nauseous and very tired. She said that her birthday was the last thing she was thinking about. My soul sobbed! While I really wanted to go to see Eunice, I couldn’t ignore my child. So I cancelled my tickets and will stay here, just to support her. I am praying the whole time that this regimen of Immunotherapy will be beneficial for Dave and he will come out of it with good results. If you dear friends, are the praying type, please say a prayer for Dave and for my daughter who is bearing all this ache with such grace and positive outlook. God love her.

As you know I have been painting a lot. It has been very therapeutic for me. So Saadi decided to surprise me and arranged with a Bistro in town to have my paintings displayed there for the month of March. She and a friend took about twenty paintings there on Tuesday, and hung them all up. I am humbled and feel so at loss for words. I am by no means presumptuous at all, and would never have done anything like that by myself. I have been giving my paintings to  friends and relatives for their special days etc. But she insisted that I needed to come out of my shy closet and show the town some of my work.  So here are some paintings that are displayed at The Park Bench. She has invited a few friends for a luncheon on Wednesday at this place.

You be the judge. For me, the biggest prize and happiness would be to see Dave come out of this treatment with good results.











Talk to you all later. Just be patient with me. Don’t give up on me please. Love you all.


About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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24 Responses to Post about Dave and my paintings.

  1. slmret says:

    Oh, Zakiah — it’s so good to hear from you again — I was going to write you a note today, having not heard from you for a while!
    I gather from your comments about Dave that he’s had a relapse, or has not continued his progress towards getting rid of the cancer. Immunotherapy seems to be the up-and-coming treatment, though, and I hope it works well for Dave — I’ll be thinking of you all for the rest of the week, and anxious to hear how it goes!
    I’m so glad that Saadia has arranged for your paintings to be shown — as I looked at them here, I was unable to pick a favorite — they all have character — each their own — and they’re all beautiful! And I like the way Saadia (or you) had them framed, too! May they all sell!

    • Zakiah says:

      Dave has not had a relapse as such Janet, it’s just that his PSA is going in the wrong direction. The oncologist has been watching it over the last five or six months, and feels that we have to have some intervention to take care of that. Immunotherapy has been so revolutionary these past few years, and we are hoping that it will be beneficial for Dave too. He had the cells drawn out on Tuesday, and tomorrow afternoon the harvested cells will be infused in his system. I am praying that he will not have any adverse effects from that.
      I received your email this morning, or was it afternoon? I haven’t opened the link yet. We had to go to Andrew’s school to watch him take part in a spring concert. That was so good to watch, took my mind off of so many things. I will be writing to you soon Janet. Thank you for your kind thoughts and wishes always.

      • slmret says:

        I love that you had a concert to go to in order to hear/watch Andrew in his spring concert. Those are such fun, and they DO take one’s mind off everything else! Love and hugs!

  2. So glad to see this post and hear from you.
    Will be praying for Dave..please keep us updated as you can.
    Wow–good for Saadia for arranging for your paintings to be sold. I think you are very talented and I love the variety of the paintings. If I had to pick a favorite, I’d choose the elephants..I love the color in them and it looks as if mama is taking care of baby. I love the look on her face.
    Keeping you and yours in my prayers. Much love,

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you for your comment about Dave and my paintings Elizabeth. As I mentioned to Janet above, Dave will have the harvested cells infused into his system tomorrow afternoon. I am praying that the therapy will be a good healing one for him. Thank you for your prayers.

  3. Oh, how wonderful of Saadia to get your artwork out there to brighten up that bistro AND to brighten up people’s lives! 🙂 Your paintings will make the month of March even more beautiful!

    I love the elephant baby and mom and ALL of your birds! They are perfection! 🙂

    You know I am praying for Dave and for Eunice. (and for Saadia and all of your family AND for all of Eunice’s family and friends.) And I will continue to do so.

    YES, the biggest bestest prize will be to see Dave restored to healing and good health! Your Mom-GrandM0m-heart ❤ is always in the right place, SweetZ!

    ❤ and (((HUGS)) for you, and ❤ and ((((HUGS))) for you to pass on to Dave and to Eunice

    • Zakiah says:

      Some friends are so gifted with words. You are so special Carolyn. Your words touched me deep. Thank you for all your kind words and your prayers. I know you have been praying for Dave and now Eunice. How generous and gracious of you. I am so blessed with my friends here on WordPress and Xanga. ❤ ❤ ❤

  4. mrswrangler says:

    They look good on the wall. Prayers for your family.

  5. beowulf222 says:

    I hope Dave will be fine.

    Your paintings are beautiful. I particularly like the elephant.

  6. I’ll keep Dave and Eunice in my prayers.

    Your paintings are wonderful. Whoever ends up with them are very fortunate. I know it’ll bring a lot of joy to their homes.

  7. Tree says:

    I love all those paintings, especially the elephants. (I love elephants).

    It sounds like you are keeping busy. What a wonderful thing for your paintings. I do hope this treatment helps Dave. It’s awful that sometimes treatments for diseases make people feel as bad as (or worse than) the disease itself.

    • Zakiah says:

      I am so glad you liked the elephants.
      I am praying that the treatment helps Dave. He feels fine, you know. He even played golf with my son last week. It’s just that his PSA is going up, and that shouldn’t be like that. The oncologist who has been keeping an eye on it, thinks that Immunotherapy might make a difference , G-d Willing. Just have to believe in the power of prayer. Thank you so much for your comment.

  8. When I see your paintings Zakia , I unnderstand Saadia and your renown as a painter will go increasing quickly .
    I am amazed by your work and your talent
    All of my thoughts and prayers for Dave
    Love ❤

  9. Just wanted to sit here on your site for awhile and pray for Dave and for Eunice.

    Oh, BTW: Happy PiDay to you!!!
    3.1415926535 8979323846 2643383279+ HUGS!!! 😛
    (I wonder when it is Pie Day. ??? :-D)

  10. r_hsw says:

    oh, all of your paintings are beautifully done, zakiah. i especially heart the mother and child elephants.

  11. Zakiah says:

    Thank you Rudi. I am glad you like them.

  12. What a loving gesture from you daughter Saadi!!!!!!!!! I am so touched by all of the stories of you and your family!!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing even in difficult times. My heart is with you and yours!

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