Thursday, August 6, 2015

Thoughts of You......PPA262, SUO128





This sympathy card is headed to the wife of the principal who took a chance on a 21 year old girl fresh out of college many years ago and put her in a third grade classroom with 26 kids!  He was a great guy and because of him I had a wonderful career and made so many lifelong friends.

I have entered that era where I am losing people who have been an important part of my life.  There may be sadness but I am determined to remember things that made me smile - like the fact that our six foot four principal dressed in a gorilla suit every year on Halloween and popped in and out of classrooms to hear the kids shriek.  He was sure no one knew it was him...........really?  He was the tallest guy in the building!

Meanwhile I am still sorting through boxes of my mother's keepsakes - hard to decide what to keep and what to toss. Yesterday I found a card my dad gave her on her 65th birthday (my current age) and in it he wrote a simple four line poem before signing his name with love:

Age 65 is only a measure in time,
It's how you feel that's the bottom line.
So count your blessings and not your fears 
And you'll see how quickly age disappears.



My dad and I always did think alike.........




Pals Paper Arts has a great color combo this week......hope you play along!




SUO Challenges this week is Butterflies!







17 comments:

Katy McGloin said...

Beautiful card and a very sweet post...

Dawn Tidd said...

Lovely card, Linda. I'm sure it will be appreciated along with the wonderful memories.

stampwithamyk said...

Simply beautiful Linda! Love the color combination with your images. Love your post today too! :)

Mike said...

Linda, this is beautiful. The color palette is so calming. I need a card like that! Lol. Love your design. And the butterfly is the perfect cherry on top!

Ginger said...

Such a lovely card Linda! And, I love the poem that your Dad wrote for your Mom. Sending hugs!

Michelle Quinno said...

This is stunning, Linda! Love your post too.

Jen Mitchell said...

Oh, Linda. Such a poignant post. I'm not sure what else to say :( Other than your card is fabulous. :)

Karren said...

Sweet, sweet story Linda. Hugs to you, my friend. Your card is so soft and pretty and the layout of the stamping is perfect.

Julie Gearinger said...

This card will be treasured by his family...so sorry for your loss but thankful for the good memories! Love the use of the color challenge as well as the stem image for your background to that wonderful butterfly!! Thanks for playing along with us at SUO Challenges :-)

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Linda I just love your card.... and the poem from your dad to your mom brought a tear to my eye! How sweet is that. That is a definite KEEP!!!
Hugs.

Papercraft Boutique said...

Such a beautiful and elegant card! I love it!!

Jen Timko said...

Lovely...and that poem is pricelss!

Narelle Farrugia said...

Goodness this is just gorgeous Linda!

Darnell J Knauss said...

Your card is beautiful, Linda, but your post was even more beautiful! What a wonderful tribute to your mentor. And thank you so much for sharing the genius poem written by your dad to your mom - true, true words! If only we could have the wisdom of our 60s when we are in our 30s, it would save us a lot of wasted time spent on things that aren't important in the grand scheme of things. Enjoy your day! Hugs, Darnell

Connie Babbert said...

Isn't it amazing how someone can touch our lives in such an amazing way! Beautiful card! I love the poem that your dad wrote, too. So true! Thanks for playing along with the SUO Butterfly Challenge this time! (LOVE your blog look, too!)

Julia said...

Such a lovely sweet card, with wonderful meaning too!! I love the little sequins too - they add a gorgeous soft sparkle. So glad you joined in the challenge at SUO!

Mary Brown said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. And then because of him all of the lives you have touched. What a beautiful, soft card! Thanks for joining the SUO challenge!