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A Special Invitation for Memorial Day Celebration
Susie E Caron (5/23/2020)
I invite you to join us to celebrate special!
We all know Memorial Day is more than barbecues and parades. memorial Day honors our US armed force persons who died fighting for our freedom.
This year most traditional Memorial Day celebrations cancelled due to the coronavirus. We may not be going to parades, large gatherings or vacations. However, this year something very special is planned and you are invited.
I learned from CBS"s On the Road feature that Steve Hartman, coordinating with retired Air Force bugler Jari Villanueva plans to celebrate across the USA in a special way. They ask all "veterans, musicians, teachers, and students of all abilities and ages to sound Taps on their front lawns, porches, and driveways at 3 p.m. local time this Monday, May 25th." ( https://tinyurl.com/ybf2f7om )
What a fantastic idea! Can you imagine the sound... the feeling....the silence.... For certainly while remembering our heroes we will also recall we are one people.
One Nation Under God.
Get ready! Get set! Get out your Bugles and Trumpets or other appropriate musical instruments.
What if you cannot play the Bugle or Trumpet and don't know anyone who does?
What if, like me, you don't live in a neighborhood where you may get to hear this wonderful music bringing tears and remembrance to us all?
I've got you covered.
Here is a link to listen on You Tube to the beautiful tones of Taps: https://tinyurl.com/ojvs5dh
Please join me and the entire nation at 3 p.m. Monday May 25, 2020 to listen to or play taps in remembrance of all those who gave their lives to make us free.
If you'd like more information how you can participate here's the link:
Thank you for reading. Tell me how you feel about this special celebration and who you'll remember on this day.
click on "Comments" above this article. Have a wonderful, memorable Memorial Weekend and Day.
Twee' Freebie Butterfly
Susie E Caron (c) 2020
Let's paint this butterfly.
Butterflies are fun to paint for beginners to advanced artists.
1. Download or screen copy the photo.
Assemble your choice of colored pencils or crayons, markers, watercolor or acrylic paints. Lay out paper for an 8x10 painting. Get some water to rinse brushes too.
2. After deciding what colors you wish to paint this butterfly (they come in every color imaginable) select those colors and prepare them. (Wet the watercolors you wish to use.)
3. Using Black color or paint in every black line and space except the legs and antennae. (You can do those later.) Be careful to look careful to follow my example. This will help you learn to observe, color accurately and improve your fine motor eye-hand coordination.
4. Now choose one color and a set #1 of areas to fill in. Do the same or a different color in #2 and #3.
5. Before you paint the body, legs and antennae, it's time to color the flower with any color you wish. You will want to use either one color in lighter and lighter shades as you move from petals to petals, or choose three different colors, such as red for the lower part, pink in the middle and white at the top. Have fun. Do the same, using various shades of green for the bud and stem.
6. Finally, paint the body of the butterfly a light shade of one of you wing colors. Use a bit of the light color mixed with a tiny bit of black to show some detail on the face and body.
7. Now with a really tiny brush or pen put in the legs and antennae.
All finished? Good for you. Now sign your name and find a good place to post your beautiful butterfly art work.
Please share your thoughts and finished art in the me in comments. I'd also love to know what other templates you may desire. Let me know.
Waiting for Mother’s Day
Susie E Caron (May 9, 2020)
I could not wait for my first Mother’s Day. When years past without children, we hoped to adopt. Roe v Wade had just passed and our social worker cautioned us, it could be a while. However, love won out and an infant came into our home. The first time I held our baby boy, ( and later our tiny baby girl) I knew life would be full and I planned to love every minute.
Over the next nearly a year, we loved and cared for our little one. Anxiously awaiting the final adoption decree. I wondered and worried a bit too. It couldn’t come soon enough. However, by that late winter our son became truly and forever our own. I couldn’t wait for Mother's Day. What an honor to be the Mommy to this beautiful, wonderful tiny human.
My first Mother's day arrived with cards and happy wishes from family and friends. I still remember how I felt, so amazed to be a Mother. I had longed for this day. I planned to enjoy and take seriously the privilege and purpose set before us: to raise our child to be a responsible adult who also contributes to society.
Almost two years later, we were blessed with a tiny baby girl. Once again my heart filled with wonder at these precious answers to my prayers. Happy Blessings continued! Just before moving to Vermont, we received our lovely daughter's final adoption decree.
Over the years we played with our children, taught them how to work, and admonished them to always behave well. We prayed and watched over them, but we did not coddle them, or solve problems for them. When they had difficulties, we worked with them to help solve their issues. We regularly counseled them about the necessity for integrity, honesty and kindness.
As they each grew into early adulthood, we remained watchful in our mission, often from a distance. We did not interfere. However, (and whether they welcomed it or not) our occasional guidance was sometimes necessary. As they passed into their third decade, our ‘help’ and ‘advice’ was seldom needed. They had reached adult self-actualization and all we wanted was for them to be happy and safe.
This year our two kids moved into the population of 40 & over adults. They engineer their own, lives to fit their interests, intellects and skills, and they continue to make us very proud. They know how to enjoy success as good fun in work and in life and they continue to display honesty, integrity and kindness.
Now retired, our lives have changed and I feel a bit differently about this Mother’s Day.
This year, while my kids celebrate Mother's Day for two- MomB & MomC, we also all get to celebrate our 'shared' daughter's First Mother's Day. This feels especially wonderful. Her mother and I are delighted to enjoy the pleasure of being Grandmothers!
With the circle of life completed by the birth of Max, our Grandson, I want to thank our kids.
I want to thank them for being born, for being adorable as infants, toddlers, preschoolers and right into public school years and adulthood. I thank them for fulfilling my mission of becoming their Mother.
I thank them for all the hours, days, weeks, months and years of delight in their antics, compassion for their wounds, and excitement for their accomplishments. In essence on this special Mother's Day, I thank them most of all for their love and for allowing me to love them and pray for them always.
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Susie Caron, acrylic artist, creates realistic paintings of pets, animals, and selected scenes. Her love of and experience with many pets and farm animals throughout her life, enables her to capture the unique feeling and expression of each subject. In her commission pet and livestock portraits, Susie also works with each customer to discover and then reveal the personality and special bond between pet and human.
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