|A surprise gift to dad who loves words so much. :)|
As the season of gift-giving approaches, I think about the countless personal stories that come with everything we give someone. So much thinking goes into just deciding what to give, and it can be hard. I recently had a hard, but meaningful, time deciding how to design a pillow (with my twin sister!) meant to be given to my dad. I wanted it to be something that would remind him of everything lovely and beautiful in his life--people, memories, books, movies---all those details that sum up that he is always remembered. Designing requires a great deal of listening to everything the person (who will be using the item, or wearing the garment) is, and not just seeing what's visible. Sometimes, you have to listen to all moments that involve that person.
I did, and this listening took me to my growing up years of dad endlessly answering crossword puzzles, and playing word games. He loved words so much.
With this pillow, I hope we can remind him everyday that the names he finds here--the words that spell his family--also love him back.
|My twin sister and I completed this crossword puzzle to be stamped on the pillow cover.|
|Sewing the puzzle lines. :)|
Grateful for fathers,