Children's Benefit Auction

 Rebecca at http:corazon.typepad.com hosts a Benefit Auction for
the Oaxaca Street Children Grassroots.
I saw the wonderful shrines for auction last year, and I knew then, I wanted to be part
of helping these children through her auction.
I wrestled with the idea of a shrine. I really didn't know much about them.
I knew they were to memorialize a person. I had at least three ideas running through my head.
But nothing felt...just right, until I made it personal.
My Shrine is dedicated to "Amy" the only daughter I had,
she was born a stillbirth
in 1975, I was age seventeen.
I never got to see or hold her.
 
It took me fifteen years, to be able to talk about her, without breaking down.
T his experience of creating her shrine, became very sacred to me.
I found myself choosing with utmost care, items to include in this piece.
As if I was being guided by a spiritual presence.
It was very peaceful and healing.
 This photo is what I imagine her to look like.
The words around the edge say;
"Now is the time
for all little children, cuddled,
go to rest, sleeping."
Tiny delicate slippers to adorn her feet , a royal crown for the princess,
a teddy bear friend,
blocks and a ball to play with, pink of course,
a lock of hair,  frozen Charlotte angel,
nesting pair of birdies, flowers, butterfly,
and glitter, a gloved hand with rosary beads.


"Now is the time
for all little children, cuddled,
go to rest, sleeping."   This is how I picture her
cuddled, at rest, sleeping, in the arms of an angel,
or perhaps the spiritual presence  I experienced
as I communed while creating her shrine.


  I have been blessed through creating a shrine for Amy
I hope others will be blessed through it.



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5 comments:

rebecca said...

dear jan,

your words and shrine are filled with the light of mother love. i am deeply touched by your desire to provide for children you may never know, set into motion an intimate journey of healing for you and amy.

the power of your love resides in your desire to nurture, so evident in every bright detail that commemorates your sweet amy.

thank you for this circle of sacred giving.

Noelle Clearwater said...

Jan,
This is one of the most beautiful shrines that I have seen. It is filled with love, compassion and healing light. One can feel it the moment the image is viewed. I hope that it continues to bring the same healing to the person who chooses to purchase it for the good of the children in this project. You are passing on a healing presence of great light.
Blessings and Peace,
Noelle

gma said...

This is a tender beautiful shrine.
What a lovely offering for the children of Oaxaca.

Jingle said...

I am so sorry you had to go through this! This piece is absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful way to remember.

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