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With a little help from my friends

Bataan Series: Post War Fruit Market

This blog post is yes, inspired by the Beatles song "With A Little Help From My Friends," because it's definitely the truth.  Many thanks to Scottie Kersta-Wilson of Image Diary for inspiring me to work on a new creation and her patience for waiting for my creative spark to be lit. It hasn't been easy to light, since the death of my mom in May, but with friends like her I'm making my way back to making my work shine.

This piece in the works is taking the Image Diary scarf "Post War Fruit Market" from Scottie's Bataan Series.  This series is particularly meaningful to me since Bataan is a city in the Philippines known for the Bataan Death March, which was the forcible transfer of 60,000 American and Filipino prisoners of war.

In taking the scarf "Post War Fruit Market," I am inspired by my culture and the grateful feelings I have for being an American Citizen by marriage to my American born husband whose grandfather was in World War 2 as an airplane mechanic.  I never had the chance to meet his grandfather, but my husbands family always spoke highly of him.   However, I did have the chance of sharing a personal family moment when I had the honor of going to his grave with my husband and his parents in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Remembering loved ones that have passed can at times cause great pain, but it can also cause us to remember that there is still good in the world knowing that we have known a love that far surpasses death.  This is what I feel working on this piece.  The love I have for all the people living and all the people I have loved not here is what keeps me going through these tough times.

I thank each and every one of you who have reached out to me show concern over the growing New York numbers in this pandemic.  I am well, but staying indoors as instructed and trying to reconnect with my most favorite arts to pass the time.

XOXOxoxo, 
Jennyvi

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