Today is my 40th birthday. Wow. I’m mean, really, 4 DECADES of life here on Earth. I don’t especially see this birthday as some great milestone – the milestones in my life seemed to have come whenever they want and not on a nice, neat 4-decade-demarcation such as today.
But, I will say my partner Steve gave me a really wonderful gift this morning to mark my 40th… and so many wonderful people in my life participated! Months ago, Steve asked folks to create a piece of 8×8″ art using the theme of “castle” – it could be anything from a photo to original art to a poem. WOW! I’m so amazed at the creations people sent – from as far away as Germany!
I now have over 30 great pieces of art to commemorate my 40th birthday. Some are paintings/collages from my professional artist friends (while others are from my especially artistic friends), some are photos from years past (including a photo of my Grandfather Castle that surely must be from the 1930’s, and some great photos of me and friends at various castles throughout Europe), some are written word/poems (some that made me laugh out loud and some that made me cry) and some are hand drawings from some great kids.
They are all wonderful – thank you so much to everyone that contributed!! This will certainly be a gift to treasure for my next 40 years! I think throughout the rest of October, I’ll post images of the art I received to share with everyone – see some below!
“Paper Castle” collage by Nancy P.
Untitled Collage by Joan Z. (Steve’s Mom).
Untitled Collage by Tracey K.