In honor of Mother’s Day, I felt it was appropriate to share the last quote that my mom shared with me…
"We see human thought and feeling best and clearest by seeing it through something solid that our hands have made." (Eudora Welty, Writer)
For those of us in the papercrafting industry, we can collectively ‘second’ that thought. For all the people that photograph, scrapbook, journal, or document life in a myriad of other ways, we can say, ‘it’s why we do what we do.’ We want those we love to see or read or in some way understand our thoughts and feelings toward them and about them. We want to know that it mattered that we were here and that we have tangible creations to prove it.
It’s why mothers keep forever those tiny little inked footprints or the finger paint handprints. It’s why they love every piece of ‘artwork,’ every awkwardly shaped clay object and cards filled with misspelled words. It is not the creation, it is the thoughts and feelings coupled with the eagerness to give, that fill our hearts with joy.
A friend of mine recently built a new home. I was invited over to see it and although I was thrilled with the opportunity, my main motivation was to see her ‘studio.’ She is an excellent scrapbooker and designer and I couldn’t wait to see how she did everything! From the front door of the home to the layout, colors and design of each room, it was easy to see the thoughts and feelings that went into the decisions they made. Certainly the home itself was well crafted and thought out, but in all actuality, it was the dreams of this young couple made tangible that made the house so special. (Just for the record, the studio was any scrapbooker’s dream come true!)
So what is it that your hands have made recently? Did it give voice to your thoughts and feelings? It doesn’t matter much if it is a set of finger paint handprints, a handmade card, a homemade mini-album or our dream house… those things that our hands have made truly reflect our hearts.
This season is filled with opportunities to share our hearts with others. From Mother’s Day to graduations, weddings and Father’s Day, it is a season to celebrate meaningful events with people we love. Through it all, I encourage you to find ways that inspire you to make your thoughts more tangible.
Thinking Tangible with you,