"You know that old baseball glove?"
"Maybe it would make a good painting."
"It would be a challenge, but your birthday is coming up, and maybe I could do it."
I couldn't blame him for his lack of enthusiasm. It's not easy to get excited about a painting that doesn't exist yet.
I worked on it for a while, and toward the end of the painting process, Tom started getting excited. He said it was very cool. We agreed that I would include the old Yankee Stadium with its facade in the background, because that's where he attended baseball games while he was growing up. He turned [censored] years old a few days ago, and the painting is now done. Happy birthday, Tommy.