A couple of years ago I saw an interview on the CBS tv program, "Sunday Morning" of a singer named Melody Gardot.
She's the same age as my son and lives in Philadelphia, just like my son. Several years ago, while she was attending college, she was hit by a car while riding her bike in the city. Her injuries were devastating. During her long hospital stay she began undergoing music therapy, to help her deal with unremitting pain. She discovered that while singing and performing were the only times she was pain free. She has a wonderful, sultry, bluesy quality, for me, remeniscent of Peggy Lee.
The interviewer asked her if she had any other passions and immediately she responded, "France!" She loves all things French. And right away my mind jumped to painting a cane for her (she uses a cane) with grape vines, to symbolize French wine.
I haven't sent her one. I think I'll get the courage up and do so!
In the meantime, I have one for sale and you or someone you know can purchase it at
Leaning on the Promises