Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Hello. These are little plastic army men that I have saved for many years. They belonged to my daughter's father when he was a little boy. He had painted the helmets...some red and some blue so that he could tell which side was fighting the other side. For some reason I had always thought that was so clever.
He and I have been divorced for many years and lost contact with one another. My daughter and he were not in contact either. Then I got notified of his passing. It was very unexpected.
My daughter has learned a lot about death and fighting for her rights in the past many months. She was his only child and he left no will or trust. He died in another state and she had to handle everything necessary.
She gave me some of his important papers and photos and asked if I would put them together in a frame. It was a daunting task and took me a long time. I decided on three frames as the content flowed better that way. I am not sharing much of them as they are very personal and contain personal data.
This frame is a shadow box and contains his Army dog tags, immunization record and honorable discharge certificate. This is where I felt the little plastic army men belonged so you can see them along the bottom inside edge of the frame. The rest I placed in their cigar box bunker for safe keeping.
I have now given her these framed memories and she was very surprised. She never knew I had his army men. She will hang the frames in her office behind the door for her personal remembrance. The little army men will be kept on a shelf safe and sound. Maybe they will help fight for her as life can be such a challenge.
Our weather is becoming more like Fall everyday. The days are warm but the evenings are cooling off fast and the sunshine is shorter each and every day. Leaves are already dropping...partly from the horrible dry conditions we have had. I would welcome a wonderful long rainfall.
I read that some of you are Fall deep home cleaners as opposed to Spring cleaning. I think we are doing a bit of both. Mr. C is busy washing windows on this very treacherous two story house. Our window washer moved to Thailand and we did not realize how long it has been. We also did not realize what hard water we have when it comes straight from our well. Oh the water spots on glass! Mr. C is a very hard worker and he is getting them clean but it is a difficult job and I am thankful he is doing it. I am his helper.
I signed up to participate in Kimberly's artjoystuff Halloween tag swap. Please check her blog link for details and maybe you will want to join the fun. I am ready to get creative. I am also recommitting to making my FW QAL blocks that Donna of Brynwood Needleworks is hostessing. Please check her link for this.
Now I am off to clear some space in my studio. Where do these piles of stuff come from? Oh yeah...me!
Thank you all so very much for the wonderful birthday wishes. I will be sharing some of my gifts in future posts. Bloggers are the most generous people honestly.
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