Now let me say this was indeed a challenge for me, in more than one way. Not even sure why I decided to enter. Have had an idea for a piece since that day, but it has taken me until 3 days before the reveal to even start on it. Why? Not because I have had lots of other projects (well just a few), and not because my vacation cruise got in the way (but it did), because I REALLY didn't want to write this blog. It is confession time.
I am so NOT a reader!
There I admit it. The last book I read cover to cover was the Bible and that was ions ago (well except for the bedtime stories I have read my grandchildren when they slept over. Does "The Giving Tree" count?). If it weren't for Cliff Notes, I would NEVER have passed high school English! So why on earth with a non-reader enter a literary challenge? That's the word - CHALLENGE!
It is not something I am proud of, and keep trying to make it happen. I love interviews of fascinating people and want to know more. Right now, I have two biographies on my coffee table, that I bought at a library sale, "Front Row at the White House" by Helen Thomas, and "Fatherhood" by my favorite comic and humanitarian, Bill Cosby.They look nice there, but have I opened them? (well yes, a couple of pages of the Cosby book)
BUT, I do still have a favorite, actually a series. "The Lord of the Rings " Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. Do I have it in my home, yes. Have I read it, no. However, my son has, and that also was ions ago. He was very much like me ("I don't want to read it"), until he picked up the first of the three volumes, and didn't finish until he closed the cover on the last of them. He has never stopped since. His horizons have been broadened and his imagination has soared to the point of wanting to write his own novel (which is still in the works),
Yes, reading is a fantastic thing. I applaud anyone with a love of it. And perhaps some day when my hands are too arthritic to pound my clay, I just may take it up. I could even start with one of the classics I missed in high school!
For now, though, here is my tribute to J.R.R., and his gift to my son.
|Lord of the Rings Bracelet|
A rough-hewn bracelet of oval hammered links and a braid made up of three strands, one brown leather, one red hemp, and one brown cord. It holds polymer clay charms formed into the shapes of two plaques, holding the Middle Earth Map, and an Arwen Butterfly on Elvish Script.
The center charm is my depiction of the wire wrapped Elvin Leaf, and it is flanked by golden rings with the Lord of the Rings Inscription.
Thanks Erin for a TRULY challenging Challenge.