Like you, I have been attempting to process the tragedy of Newtown, CT. I wanted my response to be thoughtful and to do good. Instead of rushing into debates on Facebook or raging through a blog post, I decided to take up a challenge. If you have followed my blog for any amount of time, you know that I support Operation Write Home. The president, Sandy Allnock, wrote this very thoughtful piece on the Homefront blog. Today, on the Stars and Stamps blog there is a sketch challenge. Here's my contribution:
It's a very simple card and uses old CTMH stamps and papers along with a doilie and three different ribbons. To give it a little extra touch, I mounted the B&T paper on a piece of the same cardstock as the card (cut at 4 x 5.25) and sewed around the edges.
The thing which struck me most forcibly was the idea that one of the sacrifices our heroes make is the opportunity to simply hug their children when something tragic and inexplicable happens. And tragic, inexplicable things happen more often than random shootings. Here at Fort Sill we are coming off a week of three deaths: suicide, car accident, and the spouse of deployed soldier killed when a man driving himself to the ER passed out and crossed a double yellow line.
Can you send a hug in a card? I hope so, and I hope this sweet card lets some little girl know her daddy or mommy loves her very much. Now, I'm off to make a boy card because they need hugs, too.
Until next time,