Words have always meant so much to me. All of my art projects start with the written word. If I could only take one book with me to a deserted island, it would be the dictionary. All of my favorite songs are my favorites because of their lyrics, not just their music. I used to represent writers, I have friends who are writers, I was married to a writer, and I am now dating someone who slayed me with his words, both spoken and written.
So, imagine my joy when on this Mother’s Day morning I opened a handmade envelope that contained a handmade card with a very common wish but written in an extraordinary way.
The only thing more beautiful than the outside were the words written on the inside
“No amount of words could describe how much we love you…”
“But If I could take a guess it would fill our world x 2…”
On this special Sunday, allow me to quote some very famous words, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” Whether you believe that the Bible is the “living word” of God or Man’s understanding of the universe around her, then you will understand when I say that like a song, where the original meaning of the words are nothing compared to what they mean to the listener, these words are doubly meaningful to a mother.
The two young men who created this Mother’s Day card for me were made flesh by me, (with some help from their father), and the inexplicable life force some call “God”, some “the miracle of life” some “magic” and some “biology”. Whatever you want to call it, it humbled me then and continues to humble me now as I watch these two young men grow full of grace and truth.
As I continue to explore this project, the words given to me by my sons today will surely play an important part in its formation. Happy Mother’s Day to all who have birthed, adopted, fostered, and cared for the children in our world.