Happy Memorial Day!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Some of my most pleasant memories as a child centered on using my father's woodworking tools. He worked many part time jobs along with his full time one. One of them was cabinetry. Scraps of discarded wood were kept in a barrel and my sister and I could help ourselves. We made what not shelves, jewelery boxes, bird houses, and just about anything our childhood imagination could dream up. Our father painstakingly made sure we knew how to handle the power tools safely and could measure and create what we imagined. Perhaps that is why when I heard about these nesting dolls I was utterly fascinated. 

Each is hand crafted and painted and they sit one inside the other.  If my father was still alive he would be examining these very closely trying to figure out how to duplicate them. They are made of very soft and pliable wood and hand carved and painted. I am not sure he could create such art, but he would certainly appreciate it. 

Today is Memorial day. A day to honor those we have lost while serving our country, but why don't we take it a step further and honor all those we have lost. Remember what they left us; the talents and memories they have given, the tradition and ethics and the love. 

Thanks so much for visiting me today. Take care and have a safe and beautiful holiday with your family and or friends.

This link posted to Blue Monday. So let us raise the Red, White and Blue! Take care and God bless!


Rachel May 30, 2011 at 1:22 AM  

Grateful for my dad and for my family members who made sacrifices for us too! Happy Memorial Day!

clavs May 30, 2011 at 3:02 AM  

Happy BM sis! mine is here:http://clavsupclose.blogspot.com/2011/05/mymbm-rt.html

Kala May 30, 2011 at 3:27 AM  

Wonderful words and image for the holiday.

Icy BC May 30, 2011 at 7:09 AM  

Have a fun day today, Judy!

Teresa aka JW May 30, 2011 at 8:16 AM  

Dads are great! Happy Memorial Day.

SmilingSally May 30, 2011 at 9:25 AM  

What a special dad you had.

Love that beautiful American blue. I remember.

Happy Blue Monday, Judy.

forgetmenot May 30, 2011 at 10:11 AM  

I love Babushka or Matryoshka dolls--the painting is always so intricate and detailed. Lovely photo of the flag--we need to "remember to remember". Have a lovely week. Mickie :)

LV May 30, 2011 at 10:45 AM  

A lovely way to share your memories on this Memorial Day.

xinex May 31, 2011 at 12:36 AM  

Beautiful post! Happy Memorial Day!..Christine

SquirrelQueen May 31, 2011 at 2:49 AM  

Wonderful thoughts for Memorial Day Judy, it is a good time to honor all those who have passed.

I learned to use an assortment of tools from my dad too.

SweetMemoirs June 1, 2011 at 4:23 AM  

nesting dolls do sound fascinating!

Self Sagacity June 2, 2011 at 10:23 AM  

The nesting dolls are very unique, I can't remember the last time I saw one live.

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