We recently completed a section of our third tapestry for the jail chapel. I would like to share with you the reflection the young woman wrote upon completion. Not only did she write well about it, it is a beautiful piece.
Dream Big. I chose the hearts and flowers because I want to be able to do the things I want to do…have a house, go to college, get a nice job, move. The heart is for the love of myself, my children, my family, my friends. The rose pierces the heart for the good. I like roses, my favorite is a white rose. At the birth of each of my three sons I was given a rose and these roses remind me of them.
Crosses mean a lot to me, all crosses. I like the design of the Celtic cross. I am Catholic. I believe that our Father died for our sins so we can have a better chance at our lives. Pink makes the cross stand out. It is a hopeful color and goes with dreaming big. You can't dream if don't have hope and you don't have hope if you can't dream.
The star and the moon mean everything is going to be alright. If I look up into the sky and still see the same things day and night I know I'll be all right. I believe that all I have to do is wish upon a shooting star and everything will come true…with a bunch of hard work.
God's purpose for me is to learn new things in life. I just learned how to create a tapestry. I also learned not to be selfish & to be a better parent. I am a better person in general. I write my kids every day. I try to call them every month. I am learning new techniques for the world; signing up for college, finding my own home, saving money & not spending it all, learning to depend on myself, my kids & God.
To work on this Tapestry Project I get out of the cellblock and spend time with a person who cares for me and everybody…someone who doesn't downgrade. It makes me happy that I can use my talent for something. I think with every weave God came through me and showed me my way. God is still showing me how to continue on the righteous path.