The Meaning Behind ' Take Care, Little One'

I just wanted to talk to you guys about my latest piece 'Take Care, Little One'. It's a piece very close to my heart so I thought I would tell you the story behind it. There are several elements of the piece which have their own importance and they all come together to create a dedication to a great man. 

If you watched my Vlogmas videos back in December, you'll know that I took care of my Grandfather during that month because he wasn't very well. I actually stopped filming so that I could be there for him and my family. Sadly, my Grandfather passed away on the 9th of January this year. He has always been a very significant person throughout my life, and so I wanted to honour him by creating a piece in his memory. 

As I said before, there are many elements to this piece; The mug, the forget-me-not heart on the mug, the glasses, the book and its title. So, I'm just going to go ahead and give you a little insight into why there are all so significant. 
Firstly, the mug is pretty self explanatory. My Grandad loved tea, much like me. Even when he was ill, he would never turn down a nice cuppa tea. The hearts on the mug are forget-me-nots, they are the symbol of Alzheimer's disease which my Grandfather was diagnosed with earlier last year. However, they are also the flowers that used to grow in his garden. Whenever they were in bloom, I would go out with my Nan and pick them to take into Grandad. They are, and will always be my favourite flower. The glasses are my Grandfather's actual glasses, which I now have in a memories box. It's just one of them things that I will always relate to him, he always wore big bifocals, they were a part of him. I included a book because my Grandfather was infamous for the stories he told, whenever I was with him he used to sit me down and tell me such interesting stories from his life. I always loved his stories. Finally, the spine of the book reads 'Take Care, Little One - Malcolm Howells'. Malcolm Howells was my Grandad's name, and I felt it was only right that his name be somewhere in the piece. 'Take Care, Little One' is something that my he always used to say to me, without fail. Whenever I used to leave my Grandparents house he used to take off his glasses, give my a hug and a kiss on both cheeks and say 'Take care, little one.' I never really thought much of it then, but now those words mean so much to me. It's that something special that was between us both and words that always remain with me forever. 
Malcolm Howells was an incredible man, and I feel so lucky to have been able to call him my Grandad... 



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