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Promises to keep

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Twisted Sketches has revealed its latest sketch, #137, and the twist is “promise.” Be sure to head over to the site to grab the sketch and see all the other design team members’ beautiful examples, then create something of your own and link it up!

Here is what I created using this great new sketch:

PromisesToKeep_Daquila-Pardo

These random photos of my dad are from 1964, 1971, 1988 and 2003.

My father loved the English language and literature, which he studied in college so that he could teach. Although he did teach for a few years right out of college, he decided that after he and Mom married and had two children in quick succession, raising a new family on teachers’ salaries was just too difficult. So he found another career that could change their fortunes.

But Daddy was always my literature teacher. He loved to quote poetry and lines from plays. Some nights after dinner our family played a game where Phil and I would pull out the dictionary and try to find words that would stump him, but Dad’s vocabulary was exceptional, so it hardly ever happened.

My father instilled in me love for our language and awe in the effect good writing can have on our emotions, beliefs and dreams. It’s for this reason that I created this layout, and the line I used as the title comes from the following poem by Robert Frost, a favorite of Daddy’s:

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Danie May February 2, 2012, 8:18 pm

    Janice you are one twisted girl…….lol, designing for both Twisted Sketches and Sketches with a Twist. Both times I have seen your layouts for Twisted Sketches I have questioned whether I have missed something thinking that they were to do with Sketches with a Twist….so maybe its me who is twisted….lol. Anyway regardless of who is more twisted this layout is lovely and a wonderful tribute to your father. I love how every layout you do has such a wonderful memory/story or message to tell. Its also a wonderful way for others to get to know you better. I love your use of the black strips, particularly the one with your journal ling and ribbon weaved through it. Just beautiful!.

    • Janice Daquila-Pardo February 2, 2012, 8:56 pm

      You leave such thoughtful comments, Danie. They always make me feel great! Thank you, thank you. You know, I was just thinking the other day how my two design teams are so similar…and yet really different. Have you looked at the Twisted Sketches site? I have been fortunate to be on that design team for a year now. When my tenure with them ends this month I will miss it.

  • laurie lariviere February 3, 2012, 1:36 pm

    what an adorable layout and an adorable dad! this is really cute, I love Dani’s comment above…lol…she does leave nice comments, always makes me smile :)

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