Silvia Cueto

Raindrops – the child within #9

Silvia Cueto, designer at Dime Ke si , Barcelona, Spain

She is also one of the very first who took interest in my illustrations, when I just began posting them. We’ve met face to face only once, years ago, but we meet regularly on social media. This is the beautiful memory she shared with me:

“I don’t know if you are aware that my mother has Alzehimer, she is in a very advanced stage of the disease and has not talked for a long time. I’m not even sure she recognizes me anymore.

I read somewhere that the last thing to fade when memory betrayers, is music.
That brought back a special childhood memory of wonderful times we used to spend together.
My mother loved music. In rainy afternoons when we couldn’t go outside, she used to take out her suitcase-record-player. When opened, the suitcase cover held the speaker, and a red shiny pocket held all the singles we had (See illustration).

Vinyl suitcase record player

Illustration based on a photo Silvia sent me, this is the exact model of record player they had.

Many times we played Sardana – the typical Catalan dance. My mother who was a good dancer, lead us in circle with joined hands, as it should be done. Other times we played the music of Serrat.

But the one song that always reminds me those rainy days most, is the thyme song from the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, with Paul Newman and Robert Redford “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head“. I do not know why that song was always my favorite on those funny happy moments of childhood.”


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