The detail is amazing, but more amazing is the personal value I place on this little piece of my grandmothers legacy. Please read to the end and watch the legacy video that my granddaughter recently made for me.
I took the picture out of its frame to get a good photo. As I turned it over I saw that my grandmother had sewn the picture into an old feed sack and then painstakingly used string to stretch the art over a piece of cardboard. She couldn’t possibly have known that nearly a century later her grandson would stare at this work of art and fondly remember her impact on my life.
She fried the bacon first. Then the eggs were fried in the bacon grease. Extra grease was poured over the top to ensure that every morsel of egg benefited from the bacon flavor. Her toast was buttered to the point of soggy and fresh squeezed orange juice finished the gourmet touch.
Grandma smiled like an angel and smelled like Noxzema, soap and love.
Her needle point picture of a bear brought all of these wonderful memories back.
Here is how you can allow the gifts that God has given you to keep on giving for generations to come:
- Don’t Hide Your Gift… Set it Free!
I am so grateful for this treasured artwork that has survived the years. Yet, I wonder what wonderful works of art went to grandma’s grave with her. What paintings, sewings, poems, or journal thoughts scampered in her soul but never made it to paper or canvas?
My dear friends Patsy Clairmont, Gail Hyatt and Joanne Miller, blossomed as they explored the artist within. Some of their artwork hangs on the walls of my home. More importantly much of their artwork will hang in the hearts of their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren because they had the courage to set their gifts free.
I can almost hear you: “I can’t paint! I’m not a writer! I haven’t got an artistic bone in my body. ”
You were made in the image of the Creator Himself.
- Realize that Your Gifts are PRICELESS!
My father-in-law couldn’t draw, paint or write. But he made little wooden puzzles that will be passed on for generations. A few weeks ago I found the tiny bank he constructed out of wood.
When a coin is dropped through the slot it sets off a mousetrap hidden inside. Pieces of the bank flew in every direction. Immediately, I had to figure out how I could put it back together so I could show my grandchildren. And someday… they will encourage their grandchildren to drop a coin in the slot and laugh as they hear the screams of surprise and delight.
In the last stages of Alzheimer disease, my father drew a picture of me. It will never hang in a museum, my grandchildren think it’s creepy. But it is a piece of my father’s heart I will cherish as long as I live. When I look at it, I wonder what he might have been able to produce if early in his life someone had encouraged him to draw.
- Give Your Gift Away
A card with a few clever words, something you sculpted, photos you have taken, paintings, drawings, a video, each has value because it is a part of you and an expression of who you are.
There is nothing to fear. You are not competing with anyone. You are sharing who you are. I promise that some of what you give will bless generations to come.
My 13 year old granddaughter freely expresses the artist within. She is a talented video producer. We can all learn from her example.
What family gifts of art do you treasure?
What gifts do YOU have that you need to set free and share with others?[reminder]
Some important notes:
- I encourage you to read Joanne Miller’s book Be Your finest Art – Awaken your Creative Self
- You might have noticed the note on the back of the bear picture says. “For Carol Ann” That note was written by my impostor sister named “Carol Ann.” However, just before my grandma died, she pulled me close and whispered, “The bear picture is for you!” I’m keepin it!!!
- Below are a few gifts I am leaving for my extended family