Skipping ahead

I still haven’t done #14-16, but Acey’s collage challenge prompt #17 was too good to wait for:

What could be more literal and mundane than the alphabet? And what could be more central to my life than reading and writing?

And then, how best to exalt it? Would hymns of praise do?

So first a story of my young mother self, home with a newborn who was averse to the 1980s-conventional-wisdom that babies should sleep on their tummies (right?) … daughter Meg was having none of it. So I walked her, for literal miles, singing.

What evolved was my own version of the ABC song, sung backward … over and over and over.

And so it has been, with each successive grandchild, my go-to mama-rock (now nana-rock) anthem.

Coming back to now, I thought of prayer flags … of synesthetes …

wondering how I might meld words and music and color and imagery into a collage that would lead to the sense of stillness I experience when a child finally embraces sleep while in my arms …

In so doing I embraced another aspect of self … intense focus bordering on obsession … further highlighted by photographing the resulting collage with four levels of lightbox intensity, ranging from lowest to highest …

And finally, looking at the images right now and realizing, “I actually perched the letters on the limbs like birds, rather than hanging them off the limbs like flags. Oh well … ha!”

Loving the library

One of the joys of our new hometown is exploring …

The new library in particular has been awesome, with a maker space, adult classes like the aforementioned crayon workshop, programs for kids (one of which we attended yesterday with P and G, who got to be a lion puppeteer) …

followed in grand style by lunch and dessert at a retro eatery …

And like any good library there are book displays, like the one that led me to check out this book …

which then led to a happy online used book purchase ($4.19) of a collage book by the author/illustrator Andrea D’Aquino …

Not that I “needed” more collage books …

but you never know what you might learn with each new find!

So much

I wanted to loosen the grandkids up before taking a “smile” picture in front of our new home.

“Be lions,” I said. So they were …

And really, it’s always the crazy pictures I like best. But there were many …

many …

many, many, many more …

And to think these are just the ones I liked best. Not to mention the videos and the pictures taken by other family members.

Goodness, how did we have time to cook, eat, play, and talk, let alone sleep? I guess it’s no great surprise that stitching didn’t happen … and was hardly missed.