Any Color’s All Right As Long As It’s Blue (for Gene), Part 2 (Finished!)

The last of the Any Color series for my grandparents is complete.

Red for Basil. Green for Lucille. Purple for Neska. And Blue for Gene.

Spending the last few months creating these has been both pleasant and poignant, a time of joy-filled memories of visits with beloved grandparents but also a time tinged with the sadness that never, ever quite leaves after loss.

The process to create Blue went more smoothly than those before it. Not all that surprising, I suppose. Practice makes perfect (or close to it), after all. However, the knowledge that Blue, the last in this series, was in memory of the first grandparent I lost made me a little weepy. There are tears stitched to, and soaked into, the fabric.

A piece of my heart went with each grandparent when he or she died. But in return, a piece of each of them lives on in me.

Blue is for Grandpa Gene, who lives large and bold in my heart.

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Any Color’s All Right As Long As It’s Blue (for Gene) ~ link to poem

Any Color - Gene - Finished

The finished product

Any Color - Gene - 13

His favorite number was 13

Any Color - Gene - Green Giant

He gave me a Jolly Green Giant doll. I remember it with vivid clarity. There are days I wish I still had it.

Any Color - Gene - Photo

Wasn’t he handsome?
This seemed like the perfect place to save his fireman’s retirement badge.

Any Color - Gene - Poem

The poem

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How do you honor those who live on in your heart?

 

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