Saturday, December 14, 2013
Safe In The Arms of Love
This is your basic shot of 'little boy asleep in the big bed', except that this shot contains much more than that, once you know the story. This tiny boy is Rowan Danny Korenak and is held safely upon that bed by the work of his ancestors, sheltered by things they made, used or saved.
He sleeps upon his grandparents' bed on the family farm in Oklahoma, placed there by his grandmother. The quilt to the right belonged to his great-grandmother and was the last of many quilts that she, her mother and her grandmother pieced and quilted together. From Rowan that is five generations back.
The Sun Bonnet Sue quilt that covers his legs belonged to his great-grandfather and was made from the fabric saved from his own little rompers, clothes he wore in the
late 1920s and which his mother saved and sewed into this quilt, most likely with the help of her mother. Once again, five generations back from Rowan.
The pillow on the left is covered with a pillowcase that belonged to his great-grandmother on the other side of the tree and was handed down to her son, who was Rowan's grandpa, the owner of the same farm where Ro now sleeps so peacefully, the man who slept under that patchwork flannel quilt upon which Rowan lies. Rowan Danny shares that grandpa's name in the middle of his own.
Ro surely must have been having the sweetest of dreams as he lay there, surrounded by so much love and history. We all are so surrounded and held by love, always. You do know that, don't you?