First, thank you, everyone, for such kind and supportive comments yesterday. It was very very nice. Even though grief is something we must do ourselves... it's comforting to know people understand.
I did something for Toon Tuesday that is more symbolic to me, than anything else. This is a photo of me and Dad, from 1954. I was 3 years old, and Dad was 32.
Design: a complicated design, for a complicated relationship.
After my parents divorce when I was 10, my relationship with Daddy got complicated. Also, the busy design was like Dad... energetic and always busy living a full life.
Sunrise: symbols our renewed relationship, when I turned 25. I met Jesus for myself, and learned about love, forgiveness, understanding, and appreciating Dad for who he WAS. As an adult myself with my own flaws, I could finally understand and accept that my Dad was human, and did the best he knew how, and loved us.
Flowers: for the high points, the good memories
Hearts: obviously for the Love
Spiral design and woven lines: Daddy is forever woven into the fabric of my life; never ending
Sharp points: the rough times in our relationship; yet there are dots over those points; love and forgiveness softening the sharp points, protecting
Sepia tone colors: the original photo was black and white, here:
With time and love, our memories are softened, choosing the good times to treasure; the harshness of black and white softens into a sepia glow.
Stars: Dad was a great example of one of my favorite quotes: "Shoot for the moon, and even if you miss at least you'll land among the stars." It took him until his seventies, but he finally made it to his "moon"... and was appointed a Judge.
Daughter of Frank Ray Brown
1921 - 2011