Wednesday, February 08, 2017
I was lucky that the librarians at my school didn't mind my insistent questions. When I had exhausted our library and sought deeper insight on subjects, my librarian said, "You know, there is a bigger library."
I used to bum rides with neighbors and even my older sister's boyfriend at the time. When that failed, I would ride my bike five miles along a busy highway and then five miles back when they kicked me out. I can see my 10-year old self with my ratty combat boots, cut-off denim shorts, a Dollar Store "Welcome to Florida" t-shirt, and a backpack held together with safety pins and patches, peddling frantically across one of the most dangerous intersections in the county. Sometimes I would treat myself with a can of Sprite and a roll of Lifesavers purchased at the 7-Eleven down the street. This was luxury to me – a can of warm soda, hard candy, and a book.
Education is so important, especially in these uncertain times. Reading opened my eyes to the possibility that I could make my life better. I could create any world that I wanted. I could overcome anything, if I embraced my imagination and let it fly.
That's why when I heard about the Ligonier Valley School District Foundation and their efforts to help raise money for the local Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, I jumped at the opportunity to help. Winter is a slow time of year at the shop and we don't have a lot of extra money right now, so I gave what we could, but I still wanted to do more. So, I embraced my imagination and creativity and created these Deeper Roots Pendants.
They're made out of polymer clay and feature a quote by Dolly Parton. It reads, "storms make trees take deeper roots". I love the words, the message, and the symbolism; I thought that it was very fitting for this project as well. We'll donate all our profits from the sales of these pendants to this fundraiser to hopefully increase our contribution. To see the pendant in our Etsy shop, CLICK HERE. To learn more about the fundraiser and to donate directly, CLICK HERE.
Please consider helping another kid out there find a safe place in the power of words and give them wings to soar!