As I mentioned in my previous post, I was hoping to catch up with some of the Splitcoast challenges today. As usually happens, though, the one card I made went through such an evolutionary process that I only did the one. What a sweet experience, though!
The challenge was to make a card inspired by one of our memories, or an item that brought back a memory. I present this:
That humble, worn shaker on the right is the beginning of my love affair with the color red. It represents everything "virtuous, lovely, of good report, or praiseworthy" - most notably HOME in the truest and best sense of that word!
Alice Jean Shumway raised womanhood in general - and motherhood in particular - to a high art. She could have been anything, and done anything, as she was an incredibly intelligent, creative, accomplished woman. However, she always considered "Mother" to be her truest and highest calling, and executed it with the excellence and love that she always put into everything she did. She taught us a love of reading and learning, encouraged us to be creative and resourceful, fostered self-esteem and respect for others, sang us lullabies and played the piano and allowed us to blast our chosen music at full volume and a million, billion other amazing, wonderful things!
That little shaker was one of the most often-used items in her kitchen. It always had cinnamon and sugar in it - for toast and for the little leftover bits of pastry when she baked pies. Just looking at or holding this shaker gets me all misty-eyed and lumpy-throated and nostalgic - it represents comfort for the body and the soul, and makes me realize all over again how truly blessed I was to have been born to the amazing parents I was fortunate enough to call "Mom" and "Dad".
If any of my children or friends or anyone I've ever encountered feels even a bizillionth the affection for me that I feel towards my parents, I will have lived a life worth living, after all...