The above piece was painted right outside our back door in the Arabian gulf town of Ras Tanura. How miserable can you be when you are living about 30 paces from the water's edge?
My husband Mike and I were eating lunch one day in 1990, looking out at this beautiful view when we heard on BBC shortwave that Suddam Hussein wanted to invade Kuwait. At that time Mike said, "ah, he will never do it, his bark is worse than his bite." Within a couple of days we were hearing that troops were massing in Iraq on the Kuwait boarder. You have to take into account if you did not listen to BBC shortwave, and you lived in Saudi, you didn't know a thing about all of this because all news going in and out of that country was censored in those days. By this time Suddam was saying he planned to take Kuwait first and then move on to Saudi. Okay, so I was getting a bit concerned even though Mike still insisted Suddam would not be that stupid! It was a Thursday morning and I was taking an art class at our local art group when I found out Suddam had indeed made his move and invaded Kuwait.
Going into all the details about what resulted in our lives next would be the subject of another blog. There were some times while that war was going on we were scared out of our minds, but it general we weren't nearly as scared as our kids who were away at boarding school and college, and our parents who were in the US listening to it all of it unfold on CNN. Believe me when I tell you it is easier to live through it in person than it is to hear it on TV and not be able to do anything about it.
The following photo was one I sent my parents and kids while all of this was going on, and I still don't understand why no one thought it was funny but me. Where was their sense of humor?