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Skeeter Skeet ~ A Tribute To My Mother...

When I was a kid, as in less than four years old, I saw a movie called "The Big Circus." In it was a clown named Skeeter Skeet. I developed some kind of obsession about Skeeter Skeet and was so in love with that clown even though the clown doll I had terrifed me. Go figure! Anyway, because I just loved, loved, loved Skeeter Skeet my mom did a "paint by number" clown picture to hang on my wall. I, of course, called that clown Skeeter Skeet. I don't remember how many years Skeeter Skeet was hung on my walls growing up but it was for many years, probably until I discovered 16 Magazine, The Beatles, The Monkees, The Cowsills(John Cowsill, dreamy)and such. That would have been around age nine or ten.

It wasn't until I was a teenager that I asked mom where the name Skeeter Skeet came from and that I found out he had been a character in a movie that we had seen. At that point I became obsessed with finding out what the name of the movie was as my mom did not remember.

For years I watched and looked for circus movies to no avail. Remember this was in the days before Google. It also turns out that the character's name was only "Skeeter," who cares to me he will always be Skeeter Skeet but my story is not yet finished.

Finally one day there was a movie on cable called "The Big Circus." I was able to watch and record it. To my everlasting delight IT was THE movie with Skeeter Skeet who by the way was played by Peter Lorre one of my favorite character actors. I was and remain very, very excited.

My mom somehow ended up with Skeeter Skeet in her possession(I probably left him behind when I moved out)but gave the painting to me when she gifted me with a box of goodies from my childhood including photographs. Skeeter Skeet ended up in a drawer and stayed there until we moved. Since we have landed in our new apartment he now hangs above my computer desk and I get to see him every day.

My mom did a great job of painting Skeeter Skeet. I cannot imagine how she got all of the many features painted when she was a young wife and mother taking care of two little girls. That had to have been a lot of work and required a great deal of patience. I have long appreciated the effort she made to paint Skeeter Skeet for me and the painting has always had a very, very special place in my life and heart. You must understand that I totally flunked out on paint by numbers, my mom is not at ALL crafty and so this was a SERIOUS labor of love. I will never forget that.(imagine little heart emoticon in this space)

I have included a photograph of Skeeter Skeet. It is a little blurry because my hand keeps shaking when I go to take the pic. Maybe someday I will get a photo that does justice to all of the work that my mom did to paint this beloved clown picture for me. Thanks again mom! I love and appreciate you.



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Mar. 22nd, 2016 05:45 pm (UTC)
How very sweet of her! I love it. Thanks for sharing.
Mar. 22nd, 2016 08:04 pm (UTC)
Skeeter Skeet
I had forgotten about the picture, but remember how much she loved that clown. Glad she found the picture. So mothers out there, it doesn't have to be something big or expensive to make a child happy, who is still happy all these years later.
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