His First Friend
In this, the first of seven in An American Portrait, we embark on a journey through the life of a young American boy and his family. As we step into the world Terry Redlin has created for them, we are aware that the paintings are compilations of experiences many of us have shared.
The story begins with the American dream of home ownership. Today, this young family is moving from the farm into town. They purchased a "fixer-upper". The old house needs some tender love and care; but for now, it is moving day. As they unpack the truck, they are filled with promise. This is the beginning of a whole new life for them and for their young son. Reflecting back on his own childhood, Terry Redlin remembers moving to town before first grade. In this scene, the young boy has a great surprise. He has just met his first friend, "Buddy".
Terry remembers getting a dog after he moved to town, as well.
"My dog was an orphan my parents found at a dance. I named him Bootsie because he had four dark paws. Bootsie was my first friend."
The family is proud to have a place to call their own. We can sense the pride they feel. To watch their young son experience the unconditional love of the puppy fills their hearts with joy and makes moving day a little less traumatic for everyone.