A dear friend died suddenly last week. A kind, gentle man with a keen intellect, life hadn’t always been kind to him. He struggled with his weight, his sexuality, and a singing career that didn’t go the way we’d all predicted when we’d first heard his glorious voice.
Despite — or maybe because of — these challenges, he retained a vivid sense of humor and appreciation of the unexpected. A new message in my inbox always promised something witty, intriguing or surprising.
Below is the content of one of his last e-mails to me. It’s a fitting reminder that what’s on the surface often doesn’t tell the whole story.
“This is not a bird. The parrot is actually a female model who posed for Johannes Stötter, a fine art body painter who used breathable paint to create the image of a parrot, brushstroke by brushstroke. The model’s arm forms the parrot’s beak and head, and her legs form the wing and tail feathers.
Remember: always take a closer look, as things aren’t always what they appear to be. Once you see the woman, the bird disappears.”
Either way, both images are beautiful. As was my friend.