#22 Mother & Child

Happy Mothers Day


Amper­Art #22 Moth­er & Child


I can still feel my soft yel­low baby blan­ket with the satin embroi­dery and pas­tel col­ors, cradling me so lov­ing­ly in my moth­er’s arms.

This Amper­Art piece, “Moth­er & Child,” hon­ors that very spe­cial woman who brought each and every one of us into this world.

If you are a moth­er your­self, I wish you a Very Hap­py Moth­er’s Day.

My amazing mother

I am proud to tell you how blessed I am to have been born into the arms of such a won­der­ful moth­er as Leona L. DeS­i­mone, 1916 – 2001.

Though I felt her love as an infant, as a child I favored my dad who spoiled me (being the first­born) while Mom tried to instill some dis­ci­pline. Dad­dy would buy me toys and bring home good­ies for me all the time, and I resent­ed my mom for being the strict one.

Not until after our dad died when I was 10, did I real­ize what a tremen­dous job our moth­er had try­ing to keep us all in line. I gained the deep­est respect and love for my mom, espe­cial­ly since we were rather poor and she some­how kept us fed, clothed, and the house in order. I remem­ber her cry­ing when she was short of mon­ey, count­ing pen­nies to pay the bills, and walk­ing miles to work when the bus­es went on strike. She did an amaz­ing job rais­ing four kids all by her­self, includ­ing an espe­cial­ly spoiled brat who drew all over the walls with Crayolas (guess who).

Always smiling

Mom always had a smile for every­one, and she proved to be more pop­u­lar and loved than any of her chil­dren knew, when over 200 peo­ple showed up for her funer­al. We were blown away! We had the organ­ist play the lul­la­by she used to sing to us, “All Through the Night,” which you can lis­ten to here.

I admire, respect, and love you, Mom.


#15 Challenge & Spirit

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Sev­er­al months ago I dis­cov­ered a fan­tas­tic web­site about every­thing ITALIAN. That side of my her­itage is most like­ly where I get my artis­tic tal­ent and most sure­ly my tem­per. (The oth­er half is Ger­man which is prob­a­bly why I’m a design­er rather than a sculp­tor or painter, and very glad I am.)

They say you’re either Ital­ian or you love Ital­ian! So this won­der­ful web­site is for all you Ital­ians and those who wish you were: 


While perus­ing this beau­ti­ful and infor­ma­tive site, I came to a very heart­felt note by the web­site’s founder, Richard J. Michel­li, that his broth­er Ray­mond, 36 years old, had just passed away. He was chal­lenged by Duchenne Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy and con­fined to a wheel­chair most of his life. 
Then I read the sen­tence that tore my heart out, as it remind­ed me of some of my own friends who were phys­i­cal­ly challenged: 

Ray­mond was admired for his endur­ing resolve to tran­scend his lim­i­ta­tions and live each moment to the fullest, as he put a smile on the face of every­one he met.” Each and every attribute applies to those friends I know per­son­al­ly who are so accept­ing, so per­se­ver­ing, so full of spir­it in spite of their debil­i­tat­ing chal­lenge. I need look no fur­ther, I real­ized, than the words post­ed by Ray­mond’s friends, as well as his obit­u­ary, to cre­ate my Amper­Art trib­ute. Every sin­gle word on this piece is tak­en ver­ba­tim from those sources.

Feb­ru­ary, with its cel­e­bra­tion of Valen­tines Day and Pres­i­dents Day, is the month of love, courage and deter­mi­na­tion. With those val­ues in mind, I hon­or the incred­i­ble spir­it of phys­i­cal­ly chal­lenged indi­vid­u­als, in the form of my lat­est Amper­Art piece, “Chal­lenge & Spirit.”

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