It's time for the second link-up for the WPSH, hosted by Eileen.
No. 2: A Star
|No.2: A Star - Star Shaped Ornament|
(Could have been for No. 4, too!)
No. 3: Something You Use Every Day - I couldn't decide on one photo for No. 3: Something You Use Every Day
|No.3A: Something You Use Everyday - Favorite Tea Cup|
|No.3B: Something You Use Everyday - Laptop|
No. 4: Form or Shape
|No. 4: Form or Shape - Christmas Tree Shape|
No. 6: Currency
|No. 6: Currency - A $1 Note and Several Quarters (25 Cents Coins)|
When I first came to this country, I brought with me the cashier's check I was required to bring (to pay for the part of my tuition fees the scholarship didn't cover, for the housing rent, and text books, etc.) I had no other money with me and just before I left to go to the airport, one of my aunts gave me a single dollar bill and a dime (10 cents coin) to have on hand in case I needed it to make a phone call or tip a porter at the airport. That was all the spending cash I had on me when I came. I held on to that dollar bill for a long time!
No. 7: A Rainbow
|No. 7: A Rainbow|
No. 12: Symbolic of the Country You Call Home - Again, I couldn't pick on one thing to be symbolic of the country I now call home:
|The Great Seal as if appears on the dollar bill|
|Embroidered in Crewel|
12 B: The Flag of the United States
|12B - Flag of the United States|
No. 13: Graffiti/Street Art - How about some sidewalk chalk art, instead?
|No 13: Sidewalk Chalk Art|
Photos to the first link-up are here.
Thank you, Eileen, for hosting the WPSH; I've enjoyed participating in it.
- Party time!
A Star Something you use every day Form or shape
Currency A rainbow In profile
- A single letter of the alphabet
- Represent your zodiac sign or your Chinese year animal
Symbolic of the country you call home Graffiti/Street Art
- A tea break/coffee break
- An external light
A gift A decoration
Alt A. Free choice
Alt B. The weather today
Well done, Bless! (And I definitely don't think you should declutter that embroidery. It's really special, for so many reasons. )ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lady Ella. I'm a sentimental fool, but, memories are special, aren't they?Delete
Not a fool! Our memories make us who we are, and are so very important.Delete
Thank you. Yes, our memories ground us, don't they? I have a cousin who is currently experiencing dementia and it is very sad to see her memories starting to fade.Delete
Nice photos! What a wonderful memory of the money given to you when you came to the states.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Sharon. Money was incredibly tight at that time, but, we managed. :)Delete
All perfect Bless! It's amazing that you arrived with only what needed to go to necessary expenses and only had $1.10 for yourself. I would really love to hear more about your arrival and how you managed someday!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Martha. My arrival in this country was one of those "opportunity knocks" moments. I was planning to go somewhere else for my studies, but, doors opened to come here, instead, and I walked through! Quite unprepared, I didn't even know where Wisconsin was, but, there I was! :DDelete
Love the photo prompts interpretations, and especially the dollar bill story!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Anne. :) My mother was living and teaching in Hong Kong at the time. I was very conscious of the fact that the exchange rate at the time was 5 HK$ to 1 US$. I did get a part time job after the first semester (I could only work on campus and only part time); minimum wage was $2.10 at the time, I believe, and after deductions, I received $1.90. I used to calculate any purchases in terms of how many hours I'd have to work to get that amount of money. :)Delete
The Great Seal embroidery is lovely - the object itself, the memories it evokes, and the demonstration of your skills. Don't declutter it!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Angela. I've lost touch with that college friend, but, I still remember her and her family and how kind they were to me. :)Delete
Lovely photos and I like your dollar bill story. May I ask how old you were when you emigrated to the USA?ReplyDelete
Thank you, Eileen. I was 18 when I first came, as a student, to attend university. I officially emigrated a couple of years later, when my mother and step-father emigrated. :)Delete
My goodness. $1.10 pocket money. You could write many posts about managing during that time in your life that I would love to read.ReplyDelete
As far as decluttering, if you love it, keep it! That's my motto. The crewel work is very special and if it continues to please you then there is no question it deserves a place in your home.
I enjoyed reading your life stories associated with your prompt pictures this month.
(And the cleverness of finding street art in your own yard!)
LOL, it wasn't quite as dire as it sounds; once I had opened a bank account with the cashier's check I was carrying and paid all the things I was expected to pay with it, there was money leftover for groceries and so forth. Later, I was able to get a part-time job at the campus and I did OK. :)Delete
Thank you, Debra; just about every single photo I've selected has a story to tell - the star was a gift, the wooden ornament was bought to celebrate my daughter's 2nd Christmas, the tea cup was a 50th birthday gift from my daughter, and so on. :) As for the street art, the artist obliged and enjoyed it as much as she did when she was 3 or 4! :D
My mother always stressed that you should have change to make a phone call if needed. Now a days, I guess instead of change we need to make sure our phones are charged.ReplyDelete
I agree with everyone else. I think you should keep the eagle embroidery, but you get to decide what is clutter and what isn't.
These days, it would be a challenge to find a public phone to make a call, wouldn't it? At least, over here, they seem to have removed all the public phones!Delete
I think the embroidered Great Seal will stay for the time being. :)
Lots of good finds for the WPSH. I thought your little shape/form ornament of wooden people looked as thought they were visiting my little library :)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Mary-Lou. Yes, they would fit very well into your little library, wouldn't they? :)Delete
You've made a good start on the hunt and have found a great selection of photos. I agree with what everyone else is saying ... don't even think about decluttering the Great Seal embroidery. It's lovely and holds so many memories for you and decluttering isn't about getting rid of those sort of memories. I do like your star ornament and the pavement chalk art. Thanks for taking part in the hunt, Bless. xReplyDelete
Thank you, Eileen. Yes, the Great Seal embroidery is staying for now. :) The star ornament was a gift from a friend and the chalk artist was very happy to oblige my quest for street art! :D Thank you for hosting this, Eileen. :)Delete
I can see why number 1 might be a challenge in a pandemic. Maybe a scattering of special food for the garden cats might gather them all together at once for a party shot?ReplyDelete
Yesterday I mended a sheet with a large rip, by patching with one side of a matching pillowcase, since I have loads of spares. Then I finished repairing a burlap tote bag made by a friend over 30 years ago. It has travelled to many countries and has been admired for the appliqué cat on each side. Since they are of a patchwork fabric, it is not too hard to patch ripped parts.
Once again, great minds thinking alike, Bushlady! I did take a photo of the garden cats having breakfast, but, only two showed up and there are usually three. Will try again, another day.Delete
Well done on your mending! Those spare pillowcases do come in handy, don't they? :) Your burlap bag is a one-of-a-kind gift from your friend! I'm glad you repaired it. :)
Thank you for sharing the lovely pics and stories. I love your tea cup. It's beautiful.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Lyssa. The tea cup was a 50th birthday gift to me from my daughter. I have admired this particular china design for years and every time we went to a certain store, I would stop by the china department to admire it. But, it was costly and I couldn't justify spending that kind of money on myself. But, my daughter bought me a set, saying a 50th birthday was special. :) Then, I broke the handle of one tea cup and she bought me a replacement, using a gift card she had been given. I still have the broken tea cup, too! I use it to store something! :)Delete
Oh yes, do keep that embroidery! It represents a special memory for you. I also would love be to read about your arrival here on the US, Wisconsin of all places!! Best, CelieReplyDelete
Thank you, Celie. I had written about my arrival in the US in a few blog posts, but, here's one of them:Delete