Through The Years
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Through The Years is a two dimensional, table top, LED lighted, crystal heirloom sentiment/art gift designed for a man to bestow upon his wife as a tribute and honor for her presence in his life throughout many years. This lyrical (sentiment) tribute, accompanied by an insightful interpretive visual image, is also offered as a posthumous gift that is often placed along-side decorative urns within the home.
Through The Years is engraved within an 8" x 10" x 3/8" thick crystal panel with laser technology that scripts the texts and images precisely into the center of the work, while keeping the surface of the piece smooth on both sides. The crystal panel seats into the center of a anodized aluminum base (8 1/2" x 2"), lined with LED lights within its channel, and furnished with a 6 foot, AC Adapter.
The ante-mortem piece is offered with a cherry wood colored base. While the posthumous work comes with a black base. Both are housed in a handsome black felted case.
Through The Years is limited edition Heirloom which comes with the author's Signature of Authenticity card that indicates its number in the series.
My late wife & I had been married for over 39 years. But, I had known her all of my life- from pre-school forward. Through The Years we had raised a family- a wonderful thoughtful daughter & son, who have in turn, given us five beautiful grandchildren between them. They are my true wealth. So, I had to mention them all before I continue.
Through The Years was originally written for Wendy some years ago. It is a work giving honor to her great & beautiful presence in my life- a real presence, without pretense or deliberate untruth. She had been there with me, and for me, and in spite of me, throughout all of my adult life. So this simple work, that honors the many things, small & great- that any one of us, certainly, could take for granted in our relationships- is written to honor her, for being by my side throughout all of the triumphs & celebrations, test & trials…indeed, all of the Mountain Top, as well as the Valley experiences we’ve shared; experiences that “grew us up” through the years, and made us increasingly more genuine, more true as individuals, and as a couple.
I first designed and gave Wendy the gift of Through The Years on a laser engraved exotic-wood plaque for our 25th anniversary. The words I wrote are part a life-song, (the harmony & the discord). They are thoughtful reflections that broadly outline some of her basic notes of care for me that had significantly molded my character as a man, uncovering, in a sense, the more authentic music of my heart (perhaps a bit corny, but true).
Accompanying my words is an excellent artistic interpretation. I was fortunate to commission the assistance of my daughter-in-law (at that time), Mrs. Colleen O’Hara Stonehouse. Colleen, a remarkable visual artist, magnified my sentiments with great simplicity & eloquence, interpreting the “lyric” as an intimate journey of two, walking through their lives together. She represented the experience as, first, rising out of the aroma of a “rich” cup of coffee (that I love) while the couple sit together on a path, as they plant a small tree, as they traverse a brook with the wife offering her husband assistance by her lead; and as they, (much further down along their path) rest at the last bench before walking the final leg of their journey together. Upon “points” along the way, we are also able to witness the growth of the tree into maturity that they had originally planted. It’s as if the tree, as a power symbol of life, is accompanying them throughout all the years of their course.
I Love this imagery and symbolism. It compliments, beautifully, the lyrics intent, to complete and create a simple, warm and mature gift that reflects upon an enduring relationship with honest emotion, and where roles of leadership are not necessarily conventional.
As you can tell, this work is intended for a seasoned couple with a family. The word “seasoned” is not necessarily referencing age, here, however; but, rather experiences, challenges and inroads that have, over time, shaped & strengthened a relationship. These are the experiences that can bless a union through enduring commitment. And, as you know, it is written from a man’s point of view, and intended for his wife, his “long-standing girl-friend”, his Love & partner who is, or has been by his side throughout the journey.
Men are “Oh So!” usually stumped when it comes to buying thoughtful gifts for their wives (or their serious significant others). So, we are proud to present a serious and lasting gift heirloom with emotional impact, humble, appreciative and maturely reserved.
I, too, am humbled and appreciative. For this is an opportunity to fulfill a dream of mine for my late wife, Wendy who recently passed away after a very long and painful illness.
I offer two heirloom editions. One, for men whose wives are still with them. And, one for those whose wives have passed on. God Bless.