this HEART the ART page has been sitting next to my desk for nearly a week, taunting me. it needs one more thing...but i have NO IDEA what that one thing is. so today, i made an executive decision to call it "provisionally done", punch a hole in it, and stick it in my HTA journal. if i have a brainstorm of what to add i can always come back and do that, but i am also willing to allow for the fact that this *MIGHT* just turn out to be one of the small handful of journal pages i have had in each year's project that i just don't absolutely love. and i am FINE with that. as cathy z once said...and i take comfort from it at least once a week... "sometimes good enough is good enough!" (& sometimes "done" is better than "perfect"!)
anyway, the prompt was #18, "from the heart" and i actually am 100% happy with my thought for this one, something i think we all sort of know in the back of our minds but don't really entirely process until a few years after our last grandparent is gone: there is no one in life who loves us in quite the same way. our spouses actively CHOOSE to build a life us. our friends go out of their way to make us feel special. our children, nieces & nephews love us unconditionally--and have the cutest ways of saying so! our parents make amazing sacrifices and efforts on our behalf every day--before we're even born--and love us despite our shortcomings.
but our grandparents... they even kind of *LOVE* our faults, and they'll tell everybody!!! just as they will insist we are the best at anything and everything we attempt, because to them, we ARE! i was lucky enough to have four wonderful grandparents until i was nearly an adult, two of whom--my mom mom and pop pop--are pictured here with my brother and i a few years (or rather decades!) ago: