I’m always curious as to what “signs” from an inspiration piece capture our muse, and send us in the directions to ‘re-vision’ in the ways we do. We “see” the same colours, images, patterns, sentiments – all those elements that create those mini-artworks we dearly admire, yet what we ‘see’ is as individual as we are.
For whatever reasons, Julie’s card at CASE Study Challenge #134 evoked memories of my grandma, who immigrated from Poland in 1932, two young sons in tow, to join my grandpa who, seeking a better life for his young family, had left five years previous. He established a homestead in Northern Alberta, and it was to this challenging land that my grandmother arrived. They spent close to 60 years together, and their heritage includes nine children, 36 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren – with even more on the way!
I was fortunate to spend time with my grandparents (both sides – an abundant blessing!), and I will always remember my grandma’s green thumb. Her house was enveloped in a spectacular frenzy of flowers – sweet peas, roses, petunias (my grandpa called them ‘doggie faces’), snapdragons and asters…oh, the asters. Above all others, they were my favourite. In the back, raspberry bushes and strawberries flourished, while the vegetable garden was a sight to behold. All of my grandma’s plants lived outside, except one (that I recall), set on the shelf above the kitchen sink. It was a flowering plant, with round blossoms, that, during the course of the year, would change colours, from soft pink, to delicate blue, to a lovely shade of pastel green. My grandma didn’t learn to speak English very well (she could understand General Hospital, and her other beloved soap operas just fine with the limited language she had – and her children – including my mom – spoke to her in Polish. Communication was never an issue), so I never did learn the ‘real’ name of the plant. She called it a ‘four seasons’ – and to a little girl, that was name enough!
When I saw Julie’s card,
recollections of my grandma flooded my thoughts, triggering little flashes of special moments and times that I’d set aside. Perhaps it was the blue and green images…perhaps it was the ‘bloom’ stamp from TAWS…perhaps it ‘just was’ time to remember grandma… The combination of all three sparked my card – and although it’s quite ‘simple’ (since we’re travelling…I. LOVE. BEND…and my supplies are sparse), I’ve tried to re-create two of the ‘four seasons’ of my grandma’s flowers.
Anyway – a long, kind of ‘mushy’ story for my rather basic card, but putting those memories in print feels good. My card’s 'essence' is dedicated to my grandma: Thank you for everything!!
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