A couple of years ago I didn't know what Day of the Dead was all about. I knew some people celebrated it and I saw a lot of art about it, but I didn't investigate it much. Eventually I gained some knowledge, and last year I had a conversation with a friend (Terri T.) about sugar skulls. She had to explain to me what that was all about. Not the edible kind, but the art kind. After I saw her sugar skull art and loved it, she said she would do one for me. Even though she has been really sick, she still made me a beautiful piece of art. She is a tatoo artist, and you can certainly see the influence. I received it last November, nearly a year ago now. It's been hanging around my computer area all this time and I'd like to share it here.
So this year, armed with lots more knowledge I have made my own piece of art. I made it for a young, gay Mexican man I know, a gentle soul who works hard and respects others. His Dia de los Muertos holiday, where the Mexican community decorates gravestones and their homes and honor their dead, is coming up the end of this month and the first couple of days of November. I hope he likes my gift.
I, too, honor the dead of my own family, only with me it is all year long, with loving thoughts and memories that come and go. Like the ebb and flow of the tide, my lost loved ones are with me one day and gone the next, only to return when a memory is least expected. It's just the way it is.
recuerde mi corazon The Art of Remembering