Today begins the March Slice of Life – the monthly challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.
As I thought about this SOL challenge, I knew I wanted a structure to hang onto to help add focus to my writing. I have always enjoyed art challenges and so when I saw the March photo challenge here, I thought I would combine the two.
When I read the topic for today, I immediately thought of two Japanese vases I received as a wedding gift almost sixteen years ago.
These lovely, delicate, pastel vases belonged to my grandmother and were given first to my uncle and then to me by my aunt.
My grandmother was Swedish and was on her way to the west coast by train when she met my grandfather, in the early 1930’s. She was heading to Japan, to be the governess for the Swedish ambassador.
But sparks flew and though Mai went to Japan for a while, she returned to Winnipeg, to marry my grandfather, who was a widower with four young children. My father was the about five, the second youngest.
These vases now have a place of honour in our china cabinet, a reminder that love can happen in the strangest of places and be a powerful game-changer.