I don't know what it is about Freshly Made Sketches but recently, it seems like every time I sit down in advance to make a card, I am in need of a sympathy card, in this case for my uncle's family.
I've always thought that there should be a novel based on my father and his siblings. They grew up very, very poor in the 30s and 40s in small town South Dakota - their father leaving the family when they were quite young - but they all turned out so well. Sadly, two of them died way too early. The oldest brother, who just died at 85, was a paratrooper in Japan and when he returned was scouted by the Chicago White Sox, but at 26 was considered too old. He eventually owned Jerry's Own Hardware in Lemmon, South Dakota while serving in the fire department for 25 years. My father was the next brother. He is in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletic's Hall of Fame as a football player. He also coached Huron High's basketball team to an unbeaten season in 1958 (an accomplishment on par with the movie Hoosiers). He was a teacher, coach and was principal of my high school when he died at the age of 45. Funny story - he served in Korea (playing football!) and when he returned he had a choice between playing in the NFL and teaching - but teaching paid better!!! I don't know as much about the younger brother. As a child, I loved his fun-loving nature and laugh. I do know that if I search his name, I find lots of sports accomplishments in the 1950s. He owned the Ben Franklin in Lemmon, but died in his 50s.
Of course, you didn't come here for my life history - here's my sympathy card. I always seem to gravitate toward gray and yellows for sympathy - I love the soft and elegant look.