Family wounds, therapeutic art & new SP background page
Monday, April 29, 2013
With dad's passing I was contacted by a cousin -who I had to cut off communication with over 9 years ago due to her verbal abuse & attacks on my family & I (she & her siblings had a troubled youth due in part to horrible mental/physical/sexual abuse in the Illinois foster care system.) She wanted to express her sympathy and regret for never meeting her uncle Pete.
I have continually prayed for her over the years, asking that God/Yahweh would heal her heart/mind/soul; that she may eventually have a more normal relationship w/her extended family -myself included. When she called I felt there was a change to her spirit, so decided to reopen lines of communications with her again. During our long talks (1-2 hours sometimes) we discussed how her brother Harold was doing. Harold had suffered from physical abuse and related head trauma that left him w/limited mental capacity. He was ultimately institutionalized as a child and now lives in a home w/other developmentally disabled men affiliated with the Little City Foundation (LCF) in Palatine IL .
I also learned that he is one of the featured artist for The Center for the Arts at LCF. The center provides children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore and expand their creative talents, to promote a sense of accomplishment and empowerment through the arts.
After logging on to SP yesterday and noting dad's death, I felt it was time to change my SP page background. After thinking about it, I decided to use one of the graphics my cousin Harold has shared with the family called "We Are the World". It is a provocative and moving work of art.
We Are the World - 18x34 Acrylic, marker on found paper.
For info abt The Center for the Arts at Little City Foundation & my cousin visit: