The little Scarlet Tanager Bird (Piranga olivacea) lives in the Northeast forest of the US during the summer. When winter comes it flees to south American countries like Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Bolivia. It makes a short stop before crossing the Gulf of Mexico, which give us, Floridians, the opportunity to see it.
It is a medium size bird that sings wonderful tunes. I have chosen to decorate one of my boxes with this bird because, this little bird can be seen in Lima, Tampa and Dallas among other cities. These cities became special when I found out about Massimo.
Massimo is a two year old boy who has Eosinophilic Esophagitis, he lives in Dallas, Texas. His mother and I were high school classmates back in Lima, some years ago. I got back in touch with her during the days of the American Made contest. (Remember the contest? who could ever forget, right? Voting everyday for weeks. Well, during those days I got in touch with many of my former classmates. They were wonderful voting for me everyday, and you know how FB is, you get in touch with friends and friends of friends. When the contest ended, my friend Marissa invited me to "Like" her page Support for Massimo. On this page she talks about Massimo and his disease:
is 2 years old and has been recently diagnosed with Eosinophic
Esophagitis, he also has dysphagia, food aversion, asthma, chronic ear
infections, GERD, developmental delays, celiac disease and failure to
thrive. He also has a feeding tube. It has been hard to even reach the
correct diagnosis, he has suffered since birth and we had to push, fight
and plead to get where we are. If you want to know more about these
diseases and our journey, you are welcome to follow this page"
The recent news about Massimo is that he no longer needs to have or to use the feeding tube and that his disease is in remission. Hurray for Massimo!! However, he still needs to be super careful about what he eats which I can only imagine must be really hard for his mother. Children usually don't ask permission to eat, if they see something they like, they just grab it and eat it.
On November 16th will be an Craft Fair in Arlington, a city close to Dallas, TX. Massimo's 10 year old sister will be there selling hand-made bracelets and the money she raises will be donate to CURED. Her mother wanted to buy one of my pieces so she can do a silent auction or something: she is very determined to make this disease well-known and to find a cure for her little boy.
With all these things on my mind, I thought how I might contribute. What can I do that will be small and not too expensive to mail to TX; what can I do that would make people want to contribute? Perhaps I could make something someone might buy as a present, perhaps something for their personal use . . . Who are the ones usually buying my pieces, that I know? My pieces are often purchased by women. What do women like, jewelry, so what about a jewelry box? It is small and can make a great gift, something that you use and is also decorative. I decided to carve the piece with birds, and I chose the Scarlet Tanager bird because this little bird flies
around where we live. Perhaps the same little bird can be resting in
Massimo's garden and then he can show up in my garden, before going to
visit Massimo's family in Peru. Then, he flies back, and so we all can send our love to Massimo with this little bird.
The jewelry box will be my small contribution in the search of finding a cure for the Eosinophilic Esophagitis. I don't have money but I do have clay ; ) Hopefully someone will like my piece and buy or bid for it.
Here are the photos of the process, tomorrow it will fired again and hopefully it will look good, Then it will be mailed to TX and arrive just in time for the event.