This is my dad and my 3 children. This photo was taken about 3 weeks before he passed away from complications from ALS. ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease) is a progressive neuromuscular disease in which nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed. My father's diagnosis and death at the age of 63 were a great blow to my family, yet we take great joy in sharing our remembrances of him and caring for each other in our sadder moments.
Like many other charities, the ALS Society of Canada has chosen a flower to represent its work in the community. The Blue Cornflower, which grows abundantly here during the month of June, has become such a symbol for ALS.
One day, browsing through Etsy, I searched "cornflower" to see what lovely things I could find featuring our family's new flower. Without a thought, I jumped at purchasing 4 of these (1 for me, 1 for my mother and 1 for each of my sisters):
It is a specimen painting of a bouquet of cornflowers printed on a vintage dictionary page. It came from here:
My plan is to use my cornflower print as a centrepiece to a gallery wall in our family room. To unify all of the items I plan on displaying, each piece will be displayed in a black frame. So, several frames got hit with black spray paint this weekend!!
The largest frame, an 8x10, has become the home of my cornflower art.
I look forward to filling a few more frames and getting my wall display started. My goal is to have the wall complete for Easter Weekend so I have 5 weeks or so. Plenty of time, right??
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