Another year has gone by and it’s my niece Rita’s birthday month again. She would have been 23 at the end of September and for this year I want to share more of her through her book, Shooting Stars and What You Meant to Me.
We’ve been thrilled to share this book with so many people already, but I believe there’s a wider audience still.
This is the book that Rita had started herself. Her goal was to have it published by the time she was 18. I’m sure she would have done it. Of course, it became something else as well, but Stephen (Rita’s uncle and my hubby) edited it and put it together keeping in mind Rita’s vision and what she would have loved.
I think it makes a special gift for a teenager. Rita was a voice for her generation. She was able to turn so much of the passion (whether angst or ecstasy) of being young, into art. I do believe that it could inspire a teen to find a way to express themselves, or just to comfort them with the knowledge that they are not alone. Rita was all about that.
And of course, anyone can appreciate the beauty of her paintings, photography, and poetry. Naturally, I’m biased and I love this book because it is the representation of a child, and a young woman and a joyful spirit that I loved so very much.
My sister Cassy (also Rita’s mother and founder of Rita’s Rainbows) would love to donate copies of this book to youth groups, libraries, teens in need, happy teens, poetry groups… basically to anyone who might enjoy it or benefit from it.
If you would be interested or have a group you’d like to support with this gift or would like more information, please let me know (comment here or through my contact page). Or share this post and idea with anyone you think might be interested.
I will never forget the moment, after Rita died, when my sister said, “I don’t want her to be forgotten.”
Well, she’s made sure that Rita’s Rainbows is continuing Rita’s legacy of caring for others with all the joy and love and creativity that Rita shared so effortlessly.
And now, here’s a sampling of Rita’s book.
The book pages are just scanned in, the quality of the book is much better.
There’s such a mystery to you
there’s such A MYSTERY to you
there’s a story in YOUR EYES
you let yourself seep through
yet there is something you HIDE
do you TALK WHAT you think
do you talk what YOU FEEL
TALK just to talk
or is your talk REAL
my thoughts, simply because i can
weird questions form a puzzle in my head
over and over droning on and on
thoughts get worn out
like that one thing left from your childhood
still there, yet somehow different
aged over time
rounded at the edges
the ticking clock sets pace for all things in my mind
all the thoughts i think, feelings i feel
what could be fake?
pure, untouched thoughts
trapped, not released in the world
not criticized or put down
not agreed with or complimented
images, words, sounds
zooming past in my brain
buzzing and revving
passes out from exhaustion
is this my only chance at peace?
just to let them go?
not to find the answers?
oh no more questions I can’t answer
a cycle like this never breaks, unless forced somehow
but why force it?
that puzzle is me
to not complete your own self must be criminal!
Some Other Related Links:
My post about Rita, Remembering Rita
To see some of the wonderful things Rita’s Rainbows has accomplished so far (and where 100% of all donations go), check out their Projects page
For an easy way to save your Spare Change for Rita’s Rainbows and children in need visit Rita’s Rainbows Spare Change page and request a bank (it will be mailed to you completely free of charge). You can get one that’s already decorated or, for a fun craft to do with your kids request some that are blank and check out Spare Change, Craft for a Cause on this blog.
And for yet another way to raise funds for this and many other wonderful charities, please sign up for eScrip! It’s super easy and costs you absolutely nothing, yet gives back so very much. Remember to claim a school as well. If you don’t have kids in a school on their list, pick another. The funds will help so very much and they go nowhere if people don’t choose a school. And as usual, I have my own post about it. eScrip! A no-brainer, really.