Exactly one year ago I painted a quirky watercolor flamingo for an art league fundraiser here in Florida and I ended up loving it. I was going to buy it back for myself, but someone else beat me to it.

Fads come and go in beachy decor and I’ve seen fish, sailboats, turtles, mermaids and even alligators each take center stage at art shows and gift shops. Suddenly I noticed flamingos everywhere. It may have been like seeing pregnant women everywhere when you’re with child, but this was different.

Yvonne Ransel lives in Bristol and occasionally writes essays for The Elkhart Truth.

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