Our family has been just a bit busy this month; as have quite a few others around the world. Getting ready for our particular holidays was part of it. Desperately recovering as much of my lost/damaged data files as possible (subcontractors who didn't see/notice/believe me about my business license and permits) from the big RAID wiping computer crash, took time, too. But the biggest part of our time was taken up with either trips up to the Rosemont Pavilion of Phoenix Floats in Pasadena, California, or in grandson watching down here. You see, our late son-in-law was an organ and tissue donor who this year is being honored as a floragraph on the Donate Life Float. His widow, our eldest daughter became a recipient before they were wed, who has been a volunteer worker on the float for the past few years, is now a Donate Life ambassador. The grandson was with us today as his mom, his dad's mom, and our youngest daughter helped put the finishing touches on the float before it rolled out of the "barn" for judging. Tomorrow morning the ladies and our grandson will have seats in the bleachers to enjoy the 2014 Pasadena California Rose Parade, and will get to see this particular glorious tribute to giving, love, compassion, and life growing from tragedy, make its way down Colorado Boulevard and into history. We will be watching, ensconced on our couch in the living room.
Remember what I said about families around the world? Those floragraphs are of deceased donors, and are selected from international submissions. Each portrait is based on a photograph of the donor; that was submitted by the donor's family. Each photograph is then transferred to the base that will be mounted in position on the float. Every donor family, with assistance from the float decorating crew, gets to apply, either completely or just the finishing touches, the glue and flower petals and seeds to the photograph that will turn it into a floral portrait.
I have never had the honor of working with a more loving, caring, supportive group of people. The volunteers are donor's families, living donors, registered donors, or recipients. Hugs, tears, smiles, and tissues are only outnumbered by glue containers and containers of floral product.
Happy New Year, everyone! Onward into 2014.