(image via google)
So there we have it. The theme for the tree that mCat is gonna attempt this year at Festival of Trees. We'll be on aisle Q so if you're local - come check it out. Maybe. Hold on. I'll invite you AFTER it's finished and I can decide if it's worthy of showing off.
I got so many emails and FB messages with great ideas and suggestions. I had a power brain storming session with Kimberly and Sheri on the drive to Logan, and I have spent a lot of time pondering and trying to picture in my head what I wanted to say with the tree.
As a dear friend pointed out to me, suicidal thoughts are dark thoughts. I would imagine it feels similar to being smothered in a dark room, under a heavy blanket, far beneath the ground.
The opposite of which is light. Light comes to us in a variety of ways, and at different times. For me, I most often see light being shared by other people. Not necessarily a nice poem, or an inspiring photo, but from an actual person. An angel sent in one's path to lighten the load, brighten the day, illuminate and radiate love.
Angels and lights it is. After googling several sites the consensus is that yellow is the color of the Suicide Prevention ribbon. A yellow ribbon with a heart inside symbolizes the survivors left behind. I'll be incorporating those as well.
I see a tree with a large Mommy Angel atop holding a yellow heart ribbon (Jill and Chloee), ornaments of lights, angels, and etched glass with positive, light evoking words ie: support, encouragement, love, friendship, listen, lift, kindness, .........
Around the tree in the display, I see several forms of lights. Lamps, of various shapes and sizes, perhaps a chair with a light stand, mirrors that reflect all the light, mirrors with some of the same positive words etched on them - framed and hanging.
I need more. Now that we have the general idea and theme I need more help. What do you see? And even more, what can you/would you be willing to donate or help me procure?
This is where it gets tough for me. I HATE SOLICITING! I loathe asking for help. Loathe I tell you! But I know I can't do this on my own. I have many hands for decorating, I have experts walking by my side (I love you Debbi), where I lack is asking for and getting donations of materials and or funds to procure materials.
If there is anything any of you out there can and would be willing to help me in my cause, I would be grateful beyond words. Remember that all donations are tax deductible and every cent ends up at Primary Children's Medical Center. I will be passing on more information about that as time goes on.
And as a side note, did you know this?
This Saturday - the 15th is the Out of the Darkness local walk for suicide awareness
Splenda Daddy and I will be there. Come join us. It's just a walk. No biggie. You can donate to the organization or simply join in the walk as a symbol of support. Either way, your presence will bring light.