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Acknowledgement of an Assistant, My “Wife”

January 3rd, 2013 by Clarissa

I introduce and wish to thank my friend  Cecilia Arnold, who has worked for and with me for almost 20 years in a variety of fields from gardening, to house-cleaning, to art and administrative assistance.   In her former life before moving to Colorado, she was an art professor at Penland School of Arts and Crafts in North Carolina.  We ran into one another the day after New Year’s at my favorite western store of all time, Goodman’s.  – Hey, Notice the cell phone cover!

Since the birth of my first child 36 years ago this month, I have often said “a woman needs a wife!”   It wasn’t until 1994 when I moved into my Colorado home that I took my own “medicine.”   When I have been able to afford it, I have hired my friend Cecilia who has been an invaluable asset to me as an artist, mother, gardener, home-maker and business woman.  Cecilia has been nearly a “wife” – like a  kind of “mid-wife” per se in that she has helped “born” many a project, many a plant and many a clean home!  Ladies, I suggest you obtain a “wife” especially when you’ve got a lot going on – she’s the ultimate stress-reliever!

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