Saturday, April 5, 2008

Rubbah Slippah

Rubbah Slippah, by Debbie Garrett, Fabric Postcard, (4"x6")

DeBee (Debbie) from Salem, Oregon, recently visited the Big Island of Hawaii, my birthplace. She sent me this clever postcard, an image of "rubber slippers," or known in the islands as "rubbah slippahs," or "slippahs." A custom of the islanders is to remove your "slippahs" and leave it outside the door before entering a home. It's a symbol of respect. Also, I think it was a practical tradition because leaving your footwear outside the house meant that "mud" would also remain outside.

Mahalo, Thanks, for the card, DeBee, and your thoughtfulness.

What traditions do you have?


Beth said...

I love that you have traditions that are so respectful and beautiful. Besides holiday get- togethers and celebrations, sadly we do not have any traditions.

Diana Evans said...

Hi Fannie...what a cute gesture...I am so happy to have met you...your art and blog is so much fun...

You will have to tell me more about your life in Hawaii and what brought you to where you are today...


Fannie said...

Hi, Beth~

I'm guessing you have traditions hiding somewhere, and you don't even recognize it because it's become a way of life. Any special way you celebrate Christmas, birthdays, other events, maybe?

When my daughters were living at home, we celebrated everything they accomplished with a printed "recognition" certificate I created on my computer. If they got a good grade, they were recognized with a certificate; if they did "silent" service, another certificate; cleaned their room, another one. I guess you could say we had a tradition of giving certificates--but for me, it was a tool to build self-worth and recognize successes, big and small.

Thanks for making my day, Beth!

Fannie said...

Diana, I'm so glad to have met you too. Your art, blog, kindness--adds to life's happy moments.

Wouldn't it be nice to have a section on artist interviews beyond the art perspective, and focused more on the personal journey or life experience perspective? That way we get to understand the artist's "heart." Hey, that sounds like a great idea. We can call it "Art to Heart Interviews with Artists."


Something to consider, definitely.

In a nutshell, what brought me to where I am today...physically--Tremayne's job...artistically--season of life and the discovery of art after having to drastically alter my lifestyle and activities because of health challenges.

Fannie said...

You can tell the semester is almost over. I'm getting way too talkative. ;-D

Diana Evans said...

Hi Fannie..what a great idea...I love it...I also love the name you picked..."art to heart interviews with artists" we should make a special blog and host interviews on there...

amazing that we have the same thoughts...interesting!!!

I got your e-mail and will be sending you a bit about me and my journey...


kiwicarole said...

Hi Fannie! Nice card, we call these 'jandals' in New Zealand, and almost everyone wheres them in the summer here.
I love your journal! Choice of colours was great, hope you had a productive weekend!!

Fannie said...

Hi, Diana. We're definitely on the same page, aren't we?

I look forward to your new business launch. So exciting!

Fannie said...

Hi, Carole! It's nice to know the different names of these "slippers." We used to wear them all year round in Hawaii. The funny thing is, when I moved to California, I kept that custom and wore "slippahs" even in the cold winter. Some habits are difficult to break, even when they don't make sense. ;-D

I'm having fun making journals. Thanks for your comments.