Birthdays are kind of a big thing. I believe in living in the moment and enjoying every single moment of every second of every day. When my birthday rolls around I’m extremely humbled and grateful to have made it through an entire year because I know that everybody didn’t get to do that.
This year’s birthday was pretty epic though. Not only did I get to be here for another year, I got an amazing gift from my King. For the past 15 years, he has been 100% supportive of my living my personal legend as an artist. He has consistently been the person in my corner to challenge me with “Why not?” never allowing me to be dismissive of my dreams and aspirations. This year, he out did himself though. Let me tell you what happened.
After breakfast, on my birthday, we got in the car and he handed me a blindfold. He said, “Put this on and promise me you won’t take it off until I say so.” Wait…what? Reluctantly I agreed. As I sat there in the car blindfolded, the car started rolling and I started trying to figure out where we were going. I started counting the turns and the stops. I tried to determine the speed of the car. I started to count the songs that were playing on the radio. After 5 Isley Brothers songs, we slowed down and turned into what appeared to be a parking lot. My adrenaline was on 100. I was anxious to know where we were and feeling a way about not being in control of this situation at all. We parked. My mind was going crazy. He came around and got me out of the car and walked me into a building. “Step up,” he said. He walked me down the hallway and finally said, “You can take it off now.” When I removed the blindfold I saw it. My eyes got big and I gasped. The sign said The Missy Burton Experience. Through the glass I saw my friends standing there smiling as they were all in on the surprise. I just busted out crying!!! “OMG…this is mine?!” I started crying hard. Yall…like…I was crying like my mama just whooped my ass hard. I was crying so hard my girlfriend was like, “Damn…we can’t do FaceBook live with her crying like that. They are gonna think we did something bad to her.” Everybody agreed and laughed. “This is all yours babe. Here are your keys.” This gallery is all I had been talking about for a year. I buried my head in his chest and cried harder. Once I pulled myself together, I went into the gallery and hugged all my friends. I fussed at each one of them as I hugged them because they all knew and didn’t say a word. We popped a bottle of Moet and toasted my new gallery. Then we had a toast to life, love & understanding. We ate cupcakes and admired all the sweat equity my King had put into the space to prepare it for this day. We laughed about how crazy I had acted in the days before because to me, “he was acting suspect” and I couldn’t figure out why. Turns out he was painting and hammering and scrubbing and furniture shopping, etc. He did this all on his lunch breaks and after work over a 3 day period. I started apologizing. I kept looking around in disbelief. He didn’t miss one single detail. I apologized again. “I’m so sorry baby. This is amazing.” Everybody made me repeat the apology louder. “I’M SORRY BABE! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PUTTING UP WITH ME! THIS IS AMAZING!”
The next day I went back to the gallery and just sat there to take it all in. I thought, “this is mine and the possibilities are endless.” Paulo Coelho said it best when he said, “and when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” (The Alchemist) I am so grateful and humbled and excited and scared all at the same time. I have my own gallery showroom now courtesy of my amazing husband.
The Missy Burton Experience is now open by appointment onlyby appointment only. We are conveniently located in the Goldmark Cultural CenterGoldmark Cultural Center at 14001 Goldmark Drive, #148, Dallas, TX 75240. Currently showing in the gallery is my series entitled “I Am Woman”. “I Am Woman” is a series of black & white photography and poetry that explores the powerful complexity of the female essence. Stay tuned for what’s next. I’m sure I’ll have some kind of open house or something soon. I just wanted to share the experience in the interim. Make your appointment today!Make your appointment today!