When I saw the HYCCT1124 challenge to Thank a Caregiver, I knew I wanted to make mine with a masculine feel because, although women tend to be natural caregivers, so many men find themselves in that role. My husband passed away over 11 years ago from brain cancer - when I hear people speak about caregivers I often think of his brothers, who were significant in his care, his best friend and my Dad, who played different but extremely significant roles. Caregivers...we need to remember them, thank them and take care of them just as well…so here’s a card for the masculine caregivers.
I have admired Carrie Gakin’s (aka the Artistic Avenger) I will never forget…tribute to 9/11 card. There is a reason for every piece on her card, which inspired me to think deeply as I created mine:
The 3 red pieces - my love, my heart…
1. As it was
2. As it broke
3. As it healed
The chair – the many lonely hours of a caregiver
The newsprint – all the reading and researching of specific diseases
The medallion – the medal all caregivers should receive
The leatherette knot – my husband’s leather (although his was black), the color of his motorcycle
The Thanks…no need to explain
Date: Sunday, November 6, 2011 GMT Views: 725
Shelly, what a truly lovely, meaning-filled card. You put a great deal of yourself into this piece and it shows in your explanation and your work. What a blessing it must have been to have so many male family members and friends to help care for your beloved husband. Since you have experienced that care firsthand you are able to speak with wisdom about it to others. God bless you.