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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Going overboard

It's no secret. If you know me, you know I go overboard when I get excited about something. Even better, when it's something creative, for someone I love.

Today I made a book for mom's 60th birthday. I asked everyone who knows her to write a something about her, and an overwhelming number of people responded. Their words are the true treasure of this gift, but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I found some beautiful card stock, and sewed the booklet myself.

If you can read the words, this one is lovely. The woman who wrote it compares aging to an antique barn that silvers with age and becomes more beautiful.


Everyone mentioned her lovely pottery

Her beautiful smile and wide-reaching enthusiasm

This one was my favorite, from an old friend of my parents: "I have a million memories of your mom from the first time I saw her sticking her head out of an apartment window on East Lake Terrace to working at the Little King Sandwich Shop with Mike to teaching me how to take photographs with a homemade pinpoint camera on the back porch of their west side apartment to playing in the surf at Palisades with Danny the summer they lived in Michigan to camping in the Rockies and riding home with our heads poking out of the sun deck of Mike’s old VW Bus to riding bikes to the Loop to the last time I saw her at the party at your house and, do you know what, in every single one of those memories right up to the last one, your mom is one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever been lucky enough to know."

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh ellie its lovely.... thank you for making it.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Lesley said...

This turned out so wonderfully, Ellie! Now I can't help but steal this idea for my own parents' b-days. What amazing tributes and memories here.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

That's so beautiful..and you look a lot like your mom. When I first saw the first picture, I wondered if it was you from, like, early high school.

Anyway, great job! I love old pictures from the seventies, maybe because I don't remember the seventies. But it seemed like a more wholesome time at least for our tribe of hippies.

Your mom will love it. Haveyou sent it to her yet?

She will probably cry...mine would.

6:38 AM  
Blogger Hannah said...

Also, it is truly a compliment to tell you that you are a lot like your mom (me too, afterall)...especially with the enthusiasm for creative projects.

9:13 AM  

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