Some of the heartfelts we have received have been about the actual process of making the hearts themselves: some people seem to have really enjoyed the creation of something physical, perhaps because generally people do not have time to make things. Perhaps we all need to take some time out of our busy lives to sit down with paper and glue, and really put some effort into making something with our hands.
“I would like my creativity to grow into paid work and for me to trust the process. I would like work to become more project-based and I’d like to feel happier and more alive and feel more integrated in my community.”
“Your project brought back memories of the many valentines cards my husband and I made and bought each other. I kept some of them, but right now cannot remember where i put them.”
“The sun’s shining, there’s music playing and I feel so much better for making this heart- there’s so much in it.
It’s so much more than a heart.”
Some of the hearts we have received focus on one particular individual, often as a memorial or tribute to them, because they are special to the person who has made the heart. How the person is portrayed in these hearts is diverse but very touching- I wonder how many of them know they are the subject of a Heartfelt Moment?!
“This is for Anthony, with whom I fell silently and hopelessly in love at the age of eight, but who only had eyes for Veronica, a fat, waddling girl with dark hair who brought Licquorice Allsorts to school to hide in his desk.”
“Pop was my paternal grandfather. He was a Welsh miner with a wicked sense of fun, who grew wonderful dahlias in his garden and vegetables on his allotment. My parents, my brother and I lived with my grandparents, and when my father died when I was five Pop said ‘they’re my children now,’ and he cared for us as if we were. However his years down the mines ruined his health and at 67, when I was 10, he was hospitalised with pneumoconiosis which induced tuberculosis. As a result my brother and I were not allowed to visit him. He died without us ever seeing him again.”
“How my heart felt when my sister sent her heart felt on my seventy fifth birthday. If I searched the world, I could never find a better sister. You are a perfect example of sisterly loving and caring and compassion and concern. Just talking to you can make me feel better, and being with you reminds me of the most important things in my life. Knowing that I have a sister like you is a gift of family and friendship wrapped up in love!”