IMPROMPTU CONTEST FOR LABOR DAY! Leave a comment on either of my blogs or on my web page at www.annycook.com with your favorite legal Scrabble word by midnight EST on Monday. I'll draw a name or two out of the hat and award a couple of prizes. And on Friday this week, I'll post the entire list. Maybe you'll find some new words for your next Scrabble game.
I have several friends living with cancer. One of them recently asked me to do a calligraphy piece for her. Calligraphy is my down time occupation. Occasionally, I even receive payment for a commission. My friend commissioned this one--complete with payment, but when she explained exactly what she wanted and why, I turned down payment.
I just want to interject something here. In our country, payment for a job is usually by the hour. One of my calligraphy pieces, 8 1/2 X 11, framed and matted, takes approximately eighty hours to complete. That doesn't include materials which can be difficult to find and expensive. If I charge Seventy-five dollars for a finished piece, I make considerably less than $1/hour. Don't tell me it's too much money. Same goes for embroidery, crochet, knitting, or any of the other crafts. Craftsmen invest time in their work. Writing is another craft that is considerably under paid.
Anyway, my friend asked this favor of me and of course I will gladly do it for her. I could never do less. She lives two thousand miles away so there are other things that I can't do... like take her shopping or to the doctor appointments or clean her house. This is something I can do.
I asked her what she wanted it to say. She dictated it over the phone and I found the words powerful--powerful enough that I decided to share them. It occurs to me that Cancer could be a metaphor for any life catastrophe we have to deal with. Take the words into your heart and use them in whatever way serves you best.
What Cancer cannot do...
...invade the soul
...conquer the spirit
...steal eternal life
Don't forget to stop by Amarinda's blog where she's interviewing Claire from Total E-Bound Publishers at www.amarindajones.blogspot.com and then rush over to Kelly's blog to read how she continued the saga with Louella, Sam and Jonas at www.kkirch.blogspot.com