"If there's ever a fire, I'm grabbing this first. I'll come back for Blake."

By Christopher Luu
Aug 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

There was no room for jokes or sarcasm in Ryan Reynold's latest Instagram post. While he's usually using social media to get the LOLs, he took the time to commemorate a sweet present from his wife, Blake Lively, instead of skewering her with his Photoshop skills. For no particular reason, Lively gifted him with a painting that was filled with subtle nods to Reynolds's childhood. It was so touching that Reynolds's caption was actually a heartfelt and sincere homage to the work of art, not a master class in snark.

Lively commissioned the painting from Los Angeles-based Danny Galieote, who created what Reynolds called the "greatest present" he's ever received. The painting shows a young boy delivering newspapers to a home festooned with holiday lights. There's a dog, beautiful sunrise, and, apparently, plenty of personal touches. Reynolds explained in the caption that all the details were taken from his own life. 

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"My first job was delivering newspapers for the Vancouver Sun," he noted in the caption. "The house in the painting is my childhood home. My brothers and I spent years trying to kill each other on that lawn. … The house no longer stands but it’s a living, breathing thing in my head."

He explained that even minor details held major significance for him.

"There are a lot of Easter eggs in the painting, including my idol, John Candy on the front page of the newspaper," he added.

And because he couldn't go that long without a joke, he added that the new painting was the most cherished thing in his life now, including Lively.

"If there's ever a fire, I'm grabbing this first," he remarked. "I'll come back for Blake."

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Galieote offered up a little more insight on his account. He wrote that Lively commissioned the work and that it depicts Reynolds as a young boy and adds that he set out to create a "meaningful, personal piece." Judging by Reynolds's reaction, it was a job well done.

"Again I want to say what an honor and privilege it was to make this painting for @vancityreynolds and @blakelively," Galieote wrote. "Thank you for this amazing opportunity to honor your memories."

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