Itsu Arita, my grandmother is an artist. Smocks, watercolors, and thrift store adventures facilitated by her filled my childhood with wonderful experiences and memories. In light of this, and everything she does for our family, I wanted her to complete the sketchbook so her book of art would co-exist along that of many other artists. I do this in hopes that it will help cement her as a part of a bigger community, lasting long after the memory of the art shows she exhibited at from her Denver, Colorado home. Always humble, and busy with her millions of lucky friends, loving husband (Gramps!), children, grandchildren, and (!) great-grandchildren, when I first asked her about participating in the project, she declined. I compromised and asked if she would do half of a sketchbook if I did the other half. She agreed, and after it took me 6+ months to complete my measly half, she had hers done in under a week. I filled my portion of the sketchbook with nonsense, some of which is related to Gram (plants, books, paper crane, spam musubi, glasses), the rest of which is just squiggles. Her pages are beautiful and precious to me, and I only wish that I had left more of mine blank. I am so grateful for my grandma's artistic spirit, her sense of humor, and the loving way she makes each person in her life feel special. She is truly one of a kind, and I am lucky to call her my grandmother. Love you lots, Gram. Thank you.
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