Friday, October 2, 2009

Pink Rubber Bracelet

October is here and I can't help noticing pink everywhere I go. All the ads in the newspapers, the added merchandise in the stores, the postage stamps, and even the candy wrappers. Years ago, I have to admit I didn't pay much attention. But as I'm sure is the case with most of you, I have come to know more women than I would like to count that have been affected by breast cancer. At the grocery today, I went through my favorite cashier's line (Maureen) and noticed her pink rubber bracelet, and remembered that I too had one and promptly came home and proudly put it on. No, fortunately I myself have not personally been touched by breast cancer, but many women I know and love have been.

When it finally seemed as though I could squeeze in some creative time into my busy day today, I sat and wondered what I'd like to do. As I flipped through my "Wishes" book for inspiration I looked down at my wrist and saw that pink bracelet with the word Hope looking right back at me. "How's this for an idea," it spoke to my imagination, and off I went.

The card itself is no masterpiece, but it was a pleasure to make. As I laid each little lady down to the white textured cardstock, I thought of the different women in my life . . . Shari, Patty, Jody, Sue, Shelly, . . . each of them has made it through. Lost their hair, their sharp memory from time to time, their breast(s) in some cases, lymph nodes removed, hot flashes acquired, and probably a slew of other things of which I am not even aware. All I know is that they are still here and I am lucky to know them. Here is the card completed and I hope if you have been affected, you take this as my personal nod of my cap to you, my friend.


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