Yesterday we received the first batch of poppies from our friend Suzanne in Florida USA. I have been corresponding a little over the course of her poppy making … and she has been on board almost from the start. I have included verbatim text from one of her emails to me (with her permission of course) because I wanted to share part of her process with you. Actually I wonder if process is too clinical a word? It will do for now. I am also aware from the many letters and notes that arrive every day with poppies … just how much more this project means to so many people than we could have ever conceived. Enjoy your poppy making.
I sent around 40 poppies (I lost count) to you on Tuesday from the St. Petersburg, FL post office.
Hope they arrive for the exhibit in November! If not, they will be with you for the big ANZAC in 2015. There will be more coming your way before the 2015 exhibit.
I did include a dedication to my father and uncle, both of whom served in WWI. My father had already turned 20 when he enlisted in 1917. My uncle enlisted at age 16…he lied about his age! After the war he remained for a short time in France and studied engineering there. He was exposed to mustard gas in the war and died at age 60 from stomach cancer. My father died at age 58 when I was 7 years old.
My initial thought was to make 58 poppies to honor my father. Now, I will include an additional 60 for my uncle.
With each poppy, I have been praying for my father and uncle, for those lost in that war and all wars, for your lost soldiers and their families, and for world peace. I believe that peace must begin in each person and if each of us would cultivate peace in our lives, the problem of world peace would be solved.
Your poppy project has helped me to focus on that truth and what a blessing it has been!!!
You know the idea of the pebble in the pond? When the pebble hits the water and the rings begin to form outward in the water, we never know where they will stop, or what effect they will have.
I think your project is like the pebble in the pond. May you be blessed.
Thank you Suzanne for your kind words.