I blogged for years at http://Pearlsanddreams.blogspot.com.Recently my computer and blogspot came to a distinct disagreement and nothing I have been able to do has allowed me to post.
I decided that maybe it was time to move on.
I started at Pearls And Dreams as a ‘patient blogger’. A place to record what it was like to be a caregiver, a patient, a mother of kids with issues .. I found myself quickly needing to write about other things and it just became an eclectic blog … nothing specific, nothing focused. Which is my plan here .. . just life as a wife, mother, friend, student and working toward a goal.
I’ve been thinking a lot about dreams lately .. for a long time I was unable to dream .. life was too hard and I was just surviving but then I began to dream a little … and then a lot and then I began to LIVE and thrive and my dreams became goals. I think it’s a great progress myself. Since my life focused has changed, my computer decided it didn’t like the old blog I decided it was time to move and start anew.
So why the name WillowElephant? Well if you know me, you know I collect elephants and blue willow. The elephants started as a 13 year old. My step father used to read to me the Horton Hears a Who and the line “I meant what I said and I said what I meant, an elephant is faithful one hundred percent.” stuck with me as I lived a rather stressful year with my real father and my step mother. I desperately missed my home, my step father and I started to collect elephants to remind me that he would always love me. (having no idea that when I was 14 he would die .. it is still my clinging thread to his love).
The Blue Willow obsession started much younger …. 9 years old I was given, by my step mother a miniature blue willow tea set. She made me read up about the history of the blue willow, a book on a little girl who clung to her blue willow plate as a reminder of her mother’s love … and faithfulness again became a running theme ..
The blue willow legend is beautiful and haunting … and I’ve always seen the bridge in the plate as a ‘bridge to safety’ a bridge that took a young couple from terror to flight .. and enabled them to live out their lives in a beautiful garden (the same one they’d fled from ..so their own lives really!) but filled with beauty and passion, not fear and restriction. I have found that in my own life as I tried desperately to flee what was hard and dreadful, it is my own life that I am being brought back to .. and finding beauty where there was once fear.
So, that’s why I collect those 2 items and why I chose the name for my new blogging adventure.
(2 blue willow legends found here: http://www.angelfire.com/mt/bevspage/page5.html)