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Mar 7, 2009

Kaeru and Shadow Shot Sunday

I just want to say Thank You to Cloud 9 for featuring one of my prints on her blog. And Thank You to LDPhotography for including one of my paintings in her Etsy Treasury of ACEOs.

Shadow Shot Sunday

A couple of years ago, one of my ESL students from China gave me a gift on the last day of school. As she explained why she had chosen this gift for me, I could feel the tears welling up in my eyes. The word for frog in Japanese is "kaeru." Kaeru also translates into the word for "return." Souvernirs with frogs are given to travelers to wish them a safe return from their journey. And she wanted to wish me a safe return Home to my Family. The red frog is braided thread and sits on braided leaves. I keep it hanging in my art studio. On a side note, frogs say "ribbit" in the States and they say "Gero" in Japan. For more shadow shots, please visit Hey Harriett's blog.

16 comments:

Lily Hydrangea said...

what a touching story. I bet you are a wonderful teacher for your student to be so thoughtful.
Great shadows too btw.

Hi ! I'm Cindy said...

oh what a beautiful story behind the thoughtful gift! I love the shadows this made!

Sweet Repose said...

What a tender moment, brought a tear to my eye too...such delicate beauty!

Rosebud Collection said...

I have to admit..the meaning hit a spot in my heart..What a beautiful gift and it gave such a wonderful shadow..Looks like alot of work went into making it..
Happy SSS..

Jeri said...

Cute shadow shot and very touching story. Happy SSS

Olga said...

Great shadow, and even a better story!

PJ said...

Look at all the thoughtful details in your gift! It's obviously very heartfelt. Happy SSS!

Hey Harriet said...

That's a lovely gift, and a sweet shadow it casts. Frogs say ribbit over here also. I like the idea of frog saying gero! Gorgeous story!

And congrats on those features!

Alissa Nicolau said...

What a thoughtful little girl your student was. Sweet shadow shot.

Catherine said...

Lovely delicate shadows in a lovely special gift...

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

What a touching gift! Thanks for telling us about "Gero" my little guy is facinated by different languages....he will love this!

Lisa B. said...

Interesting even the frog speak different languages in other countries;)
What a sweet gift from your student. It's so cute and has a delightful little shadow!!

Sherrie said...

Hi!
Beautiful story and memory! Great shadows! Have a great day!!

Sherrie

fly tie said...

such a special gift. :-)

i like little info like that...about the noise the frogs make. i recently learned that cats in a country i can't recall don't go, "meow." that blew my mind, lol!

guess i'd never thought about it.

cloud9design said...

you're quite welcome. you're work is stunning!

Ben Mcfuzzylugs said...

That is a lovely story and a great gift

I am going to use frogs lots more now

Oh I might even have a go at making one - havent done a frog yet!!

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