The challenge is....think pink. Use pink in honor of October's National Breast Cancer Awareness month. And tell the story that inspired your card.
First, the card.
Unity's July store kit of the month
Junkitz paper, Mom collection
random kraft cardstock
Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Distress ink, worn lipstick and tattered rose
Now, the story.
For the most part, I've been incredibly lucky. My life hasn't been touched, directly, by breast cancer. The friends of friends, acquaintances, etc.
But when I was a young child, very young, my grandmother had a mastectomy for suspected breast cancer. In that time, and in my family, these things were Not Talked About. Even if they were, I *was* very young.
I found out by using the other bathroom one night, in an emergency...and finding her prosthesis.
This was probably the first realization of my young life that the adults in my life were NOT invincible, and things do happen, and one day, they'd be....gone.
My grandmother lived many more years. And cancer didn't take her in the end.
But the impetus of things that were Not Talked About is how the Susan G. Komen foundation came to be. Susan asked her sister to break the silence...to open these doors...and to make things different for others.
And, her sister...did.
So, my colors are pink....but muted, for all of the people and years where things were Not Talked About. And the sentiment carries that truth...when you hold someone in your heart, hold them forever. Don't let them fall victim to silence. Scream from the rooftops if you need to. Hold their heart in yours, and make sure they're HEARD.
We've come a long way, in breast cancer research, and in things that are "not discussed" in polite company. But there's a ways to go, in many families, I'm sure.
My pink is in honor of the silence that is now broken. And this card will go to Operation Write Home, with others, so someone else can know that they're held in someone's heart. Tigger, if you should see this...this one's for MaryKay.
And that, my friends, is enough introspection from me.
Thanks for looking....