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Yo Ho Ho Oops

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Fandango’s FOWC is contacts, the Word of the Day Challenge is penitent, Paula’s 3 Things Challenge words are pirate, almonds, frame, and Teresa’s Story Starter Challenge phrase is “What do you mean that’s not spelled correctly?”

Part of the “Art in the Field” adult leisure course I was taking involved field trips, where we would set up our easels around town to capture assigned subjects. At the end of the course, the teacher would choose which painting she thought was best and help us pick out the best frame, matte, etc. for it.

One location was the Almond House, a confectionary with every conceivable type of candy, cookie, and bread made using almonds. Another time we drew at the pond and gardens in the center of town. The weeks were flying by and we were nearing the end of the course.

The final location for the class was in the park just across the street from, “The Penitent Pirate,” a fish market. On top of the market was a twice life-sized statue of a pirate. Our task was to draw the pirate, but instead of on top of a building, we were to draw him on the deck of a schooner with the same name as the shop. We used our last two one-hour weekly sessions to work on the painting, so it was no surprise that the teacher chose all of the students’ paintings for the pirate as the one to be framed – except mine. We were scheduled to meet at the classroom on Saturday to do the framing.

Curious as to why the teacher chose my pond painting over the pirate, I found her number on the contacts sheet and called her.

Mrs. Monroe, it’s me Li, your art student. Just out of curiosity, why was my painting of the pond chosen over the pirate? Was it that you liked the pond one better or is it because of another reason?”

Mrs. Monroe said, “Oh, hi Li, so glad you called. No, not because I liked the pond one better, although it is quite nice. It’s the misspelling on the ship.”

What do you mean that’s not spelled correctly? That’s what it said on the sign!”

Um, Li, there is no “s” in between the ‘i’ and the ‘t’. See you Saturday, OK?”

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