It was a couple months after he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. His health was still good at that point.
We were watching TV together when the topic of love came up.
"Love comes in many forms," my uncle said, a bit distracted by the television, "but that's okay because they're all TRUE."
Today marks the one-year anniversary of my uncle's death and I know it'll be on my aunt's mind.
After my uncle passed, I continued helping my aunt as often as I could. But shortly thereafter I got hired at the arts-and-crafts store and was recalled by my city job after that.
I went from spending the night once a week, seeing my aunt most of the time, to maybe seeing her once a month, if that, when my work schedules would allow.
Thankfully my brothers and mom have kept her busy. Perhaps it's for the best because I think I remind my aunt of all the chemo visits, bloodwork, doctor's appointments, etc. that the three of us went through (a role the rest of the family never really experienced).
Even still, I'm sure this day will bring my aunt down so I wanted to send something colorful to cheer her up. Some Mail Art to lift her spirits and support her on this difficult day.
This is what I mailed.....
Speciality papers on archival backing board - 4 3/4" x 5 1/2" (NFS)
Similar to the hearts I sent out to bloggers last year, this one is slightly bigger in scale.
Backing board was cut into the shape of a heart (I was inspired by the one I saw two weeks ago). Next, decorative papers were cut into a variety of widths, glued down, then trimmed revealing the heart shape again.
Finally, the entire edge was lined with shimmering red glitter! Why not, I say!
The address side!
I'm happy to report that my aunt has been adjusting well this past year (or at least appears to be) though I'm certain she still misses my uncle terribly.
I feel bad not being there for her as much as I did in the past. And yet, even though I won't get to see my aunt today, I smiled, for through my Mail Art I had sent her love.....