Thursday, November 29, 2012

"Can You Read My Heart?"

Let me introduce a new member of my family.  After going through a list of possible names, I made the decision not to traditionally name this particular doll but to use a spirit driven phrase - "Can you read my heart?"

This phrase came to me last month while helping a dear friend as her husband lay dying.  The words I spoke to her just didn't seem to be enough.  I wanted her to know how deeply I felt her loss.  As I thought about my frustration, this question came to me -"Can you read my heart?" 

I scribbled these words onto a piece of paper and laid it on my desk.  As I completed this little one I decided that with the writing on her arms and legs and her rusty, old heart sitting quite boldly on her breast, she deserved a very special name.  And so it is... "Can you read my heart?"

"Wherever you go, go with all your heart." - Confucius


  1. Penny, this doll and the story of how her name came to be gave me goosebumps. If I had created this, it would be a keeper, for sure. She is stunning in her simplicity and in her deep meaning. I love her stitch embellished hat. You have outdone yourself here!

  2. There's an interesting thought... My best wishes to you and especially your friend. I'm sure, by the way, that she appreciates your help even if you feel at a loss for words to say.

  3. Your friend read your heart very well. I am sure you were wearing it on your sleeve, just as I am sure that she was comforted so much by your love and caring.

    I think you should tell your friend this story and gift the doll to her. I am sure she would cherish it as I'm sure she cherishes you.
    Much Love

  4. Beautiful and so very fitting.

  5. a doll that spoke without words, deep with heartfelt love. wonderful.



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