“Genuine kindness is no ordinary act, but a gift of rare beauty.”- Sylvia Rosetti
This is my mom, Kathy. We did a photo session when she visited in September. What does she have to do with shoes? Read on.
Mom retired in May of 2012 and has been actively volunteering and spending time with her three daughters and 9 grandchildren. She is doing anything but being idle and is helping so many people in so many ways. Her retirement is far from the dreams she had of her and my father spending these years traveling and enjoying life together. Despite his absence as a result of loosing his battle to cancer almost 8 years ago, she is taking the best out of her time and using her gifts to spread love and joy. Her latest endeavor, the one I am writing about today, is painting sneakers for children with cancer. She is working as a volunteer for Peaches Neet Feet, an organization that strives to put smiles on the faces of children undergoing cancer treatment. Converse (http://www.converse.com) donates sneakers to Peaches Neet Feet who then sends the shoes to artists such as my mother to paint according to a child’s specifications. To learn more about Peaches Neet Feet and their incredible program visit their website at:
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These are the shoes Mom painted this week for a little boy named Miles. He likes the San Francisco Giants. What joy he will have when he sees these custom painted shoes that he can wear into battle, to fight the fight of all fights – cancer.
“The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.” – Pablo Casals
“Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I’d have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.” ~Erma Bombeck, “If I Had My Life to Live Over”
“I usually claim that pregnant women should not read books about pregnancy and birth. Their time is too precious. They should, rather, watch the moon and sing to their baby in the womb.” ~Michel Odent
“There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.” ~Pamela S. Nadav
“Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed in gray than in peacock bright.” – Van Wyck Brooks
“If you’re climbing the ladder of life, you go rung by rung, one step at a time. Don’t look too far up, set your goals high but take one step at a time. Sometimes you don’t think you’re progressing until you step back and see how high you’ve really gone.” – Donny Osmond
Despite the the fact that we are nearing the middle of December and Christmas is just around the corner, I am not quite ready to resign to the fact that Autumn has moved out of my grasp, and with it, the array of colors that accompanied it this year. Today I came across a few remaining images of golden yellow leaves that I captured while spending a bit of time shooting in a local cemetery on a dreary day in October. Before the season is fully withdrawn, I thought I would post them. I hope you find the splendor in them that I did.
Now on to welcoming winter and Christmas.
“One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you’re feeling blue is that he doesn’t try to find out why.” – Author Unknown
First and foremost I must take a moment to recognize the inspiration for tonight’s post. The poem and images were inspired by a post written by Spilledinkguy on November 15th. To see work by Spilledinkguy please visit: http://refrigeratormagnate.wordpress.com/about/.
copyright Robyn Graham