S: Forever in my heart ~ Love, Dot
BC: Dancing with Woodie Forever my love Dot | August 13, 2011
FC: Forever in my heart You made me smile
1: l | Thank you Woodie Thank you for sharing thirty years of your life with me. | Woodie Long October 19, 1942 ~ October 12, 2009
2: A Poem for Woodie Long By Chloe Fugate I had a friend among this garden once A friend who would walk with me A friend who would show me the strawberries he was growing His fingers gracefully painting his life with the colors he put into his artwork His painted jeans spilled a vibrant story of a sharecropper's son He was a loving friend, A beautiful man who would smile with such innocence and joy The paintings had their own story but they all came from his world.
3: This world of laughter and complete wholeness. A simplicity that hearts need. A pure love that all hearts need. Woodie shared his world with me. He shared that love that I will forever carry with me as I paint my life with such vibrant colors as the ones on his jeans. Hey Woodie, guess what? I LOVE YOU ... Today we went grocery shopping. You told me to pick out the sweets and we would pretend as if they had fallen into the buggy when we weren't looking. Today you made me laugh when you called to ask me if I was in any trouble and if you needed to bail me out of jail or bring me cigarettes
4: Today we went for a walk around the gallery. Hand in hand as I skated beside you on the wave-board. If Dot ever asked about the missing cookies from the jar, I was the one who had to take the fall and confess I had eaten all of them when you were right there beside me eating half. That was just fine with me though cause I always loved our under-the-table sweet deals. When we would play poker and you would steal my pennies when I wasn't looking, you would always share yours though if I was a little low on money. I loved to take a nap in the gallery. I would fall asleep on the couch, sometimes for hours before waking up to the sound of "Hey little girl"! These are my favorite memories. I try not to be sad, because every time I begin to cry I know you are hanging out in heaven eating lots of chocolate cake and I can't seem to do anything else but laugh.
5: You always said "Guess what? "I love you!" Woodie, I love you too. I always have and I always will. | Chloe and Woodie
6: July 28, 1984 | Woodie & Dot Saudi Arabia October 1979 a month after we met | June 2009 | loss... not one more word not one more whisper not one more touch of your lips on mine
7: Andalusia, Alaba,a
8: I miss you Woodie. Where do I begin in telling our story ? What can I tell the world about you that you haven't already shared, through your art, through the many interviews that you gave... That I fell in love with you. That it was love at first sight. That you had a sparkle in your eyes. My Mother use to say ~ "Everyone loves Woodie" And everyone remembers you saying to them "I love you." You would never say good-bye. It was always "see you later ~I love you." You made everyone feel at home. You made everyone feel like family. You loved to share your garden harvest and feed and watch the birds from the front porch. It was hard letting you go. You asked me four days before you died if I was ready to let you go. We held each other and cried. And you said "let's not talk about it." It made us both so sad. I can hardly read what I write as my eyes begin to tear.
9: I wish I could have been more brave for you. I wish I could have taken the pain from you. How much I have learned because of you ~ in life and in death. You taught me so much Woodie. I am still learning. Thank you. You were a gift. Your life has been a blessing to me.
10: Man of my dreams " A hunk of burning love"
11: Lover Friend Beautiful
14: Your friends gathered at Cinderella Circle after you passed away. Daryl Davis closed with a prayer - "Our Woodie, who Art in Heaven" Seaside flew its flag at half-mast... Eileen West and Daryl organized a Retrospective Show of your work. Over 250 people came to the opening. In lieu of flowers people donated generously to ACFFC - Art Creation Foundation for Children. All your girlfriends signed the photo that Suzette had enlarged of you. Suzette wrote to you "in my heart and on my mind"
15: Friends ~ Walter Moore, Mike Kish, Mike Jones, Judith Moore, Mike Radford & Franko "Washboard" Jackson | Loan from Karen & Jack Holland | Good Friends
16: Friends and family sent emails and cards, letters and called - people left messages and flowers for you on the sidewalk in Florala. You're a "ROCK STAR" Woodie. And as you so often said with a smile ~ "I'M FAMOUS IN MY OWN MIND" You've been immortalized in songs and through your art. Most of all through your spirit and the humor that you shared with all of us fortunate enough to have had the priviledge of knowing you and loving you.
17: You're my hero and role model
18: You were the happiest when you were painting. You once told me that you "were almost envious of yourself. " How we laughed.
19: You were so funny. I use to say you could have been a comedian and I remember you saying , "Dot, there are hundreds of comedians out of work and you want me to be one!?" That and how you would tell your musician friends "that guitar pickers were a dime a dozen" "But they loved you anyway.
20: ...that you could play at the piano and sing Great Balls of Fire just like Jerry Lee Lewis that you could shimmy and move like Elvis that you loved Thanksgiving eating and cooking the biggest turkey you could find that you were in competition there for awhile with your brother on who could hang the most Christmas lights that you liked to golf and play banjo that you loved walking into a room full of women and asking who was going to get you a chair that always raised an eyebrow or two and a laugh from all your girlfriends who knew you well that you hollered on more than one occasion from the front of the grocery seeing me in the back of the store "HEY WOMAN" and "HURRY UP WOMAN" You were so easily amused. You loved an audience even if it was just you. That yellow was your favorite color. That you "were man enough to wear pink" and bright red cords.
21: That Groundhog Day might have been your favorite movie, that and the Addams Family Values and What about Bob That you spoke Alabama French ~ you would say "thella malaka" and Katie would say "Uncle Woodie there is no such thing as Alabama French but that means I'm hungry." You collected Beannie Babies by the hundreds I remember hearing Jimmy shouting with delight "Uncle Woodie is the King of Beannie Babies" You collected chairs and art and plants Children loved you and you knew how to hold a baby That your hands were always warm that you could beat a dishpan like you were in a marching band and it sounded good that you sang in the shower that you loved ice cream and desserts ~ You taught me how to fish You taught me how to paint houses You taught me how to pick oranges And how to "raise hell" and then you would write me the sweetest and funniest notes and we were good again. You so often said to me "stick with me kid. I'll teach you everything that's worth knowing." How could I not love you for that.
22: You were my friend and my lover, my husband and my partner You held my hand through thick and thin ~ through it all Woodie. ~ You were confused there only for a moment as to where we were and maybe you were already there and I couldn't see what you were seeing and I asked you if you knew who I was and you looked at me and said "you are my wife" and then you looked right past me and raised your arm and your hand as your other other hand was holding mine You were reaching up as though you were taking someone else's hand and you weren't afraid. You told me once before "that when people died they were just going home." How I know they welcomed you! with open arms and wings
23: So my dear sweet friend, I can not thank you enough. You showed me that it's just a beginning and not the end. "Another day of opportunity" one of your favorite sayings. And that is just one more thing that I love you for. Many thanks and happy returns I know you got your wings I will love you always. Dot xox