Emily May

Gifts By the Sea, 2022
rocks, shells, pinecone, flower on wood panel enclosed in acrylic case
15.25 x 15.25 x 0.50 in
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"Holidays, Birthdays,and Anniversaries are gifts when you are part of the military. My husband has been present for two of my birthdays in the past 10 years, he has missed every birthday of our daughter except the day she was born due to military obligations. The list goes on, and we are not alone. To spend a day like Father’s Day not only together, but with another military family WHOLE is an absolute gift. The “fathers” went hiking, while we played at the beach with the kiddos. My children do not care if it is 66 degrees out, foggy and the ocean is ice-cold, they will be in the water, probably completely soaked head-to-toe. The kids made sandcastles, played in the water and enjoyed a picnic on the beach. The three of us walked along the beach and they collected items for this project, finding empty shells, crab legs, rocks, and other items that caught their interest. When my husband came to the beach to help us pack up, he presented me with two pinecones and a flower that he collected for this project. A gift on Father’s Day by the sea."