June 6, D-day, B-day

My mother’s brother Joseph William Thornton enlisted in the 82nd Airborne, 505th PIR (Parachute Infantry Regiment) when he was 19 years old. He jumped into Normandy on June 16, 1944, according to theĀ Purple Heart presented to my grandparents. My mother used to talk about how Joe loved the woods of Michigan’s upper peninsula where he would go camping with his best friend, and about how he wouldn’t shoot a deer, though his buddies were hunters. She said that the song of the Mourning Dove always reminded her of Joe. Since mom connected the memory of Joe with the dove, I always think of him when I hear that soft, mournful coo, most prevalent here in early June.

Joseph W. Thornton
Joseph W. Thornton
by Joe, November 15, 1934
by Joe, November 15, 1934

44 years later, my son Ross was born on June 6th, 3 weeks ahead of his due date, his birth reinforcing that this date will never be just an average day to me! He turns 21 today, a fine young man making his way in the world!

Ross on Quilt
Ross on Quilt

zzzzzzzz…….

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Minoan Minnow Repeat

I’m in an in-between state of foggy mental chaos. Our visitor has left, I’m trying to sort out priorities for the coming weeks in anticipation of participating in the Art at St. Kate’s show. Weather is gorgeous and I’m easily distracted by the garden, among other things! Meanwhile, here is the repeat of the Minoan Minnow table runner design. (I like the sound of that; and it reminds me a bit of Minoan design.) The repeat is approx 9×12.” I will have some of these at the St. Kate’s event.

Minoan Minnow Repeat

I’m in an in-between state of foggy mental chaos. Our visitor has left, I’m trying to sort out priorities for the coming weeks in anticipation of participating in the Art at St. Kate’s show. Weather is gorgeous and I’m easily distracted by the garden, among other things! Meanwhile, here is the repeat of the Minoan Minnow table runner design. (I like the sound of that; and it reminds me a bit of Minoan design.) The repeat is approx 9×12.” I will have some of these at the St. Kate’s event.

MinoanMinnow