Environmental Lettering

January 12, 2009 at 3:38 am (09_271_sp Type1)

I was given the word “reap” for the environmental lettering project.  Of course the only thing I could really think about was Galatians 6, “you reap what you sow,” and I did not want to do something that cliché so I decided to take a more literal interpretation of the word. I started thinking about how in the past people would spend their lives trying to survive by harvesting food. Now, all people have to do is get in their cars and drive to Wal-Mart and get whatever kind of food they want. People now use the same skills they once used to survive, to grow flowers and have gardens. The more I thought about this, the more I realized how ridiculous it seems. My roommate has an African violet that she’s had for about 3 years. I’ve never seen anyone take such time and effort in keeping a flower alive. Whenever she goes back to her hometown, she brings it with her. Whenever she moves, she has to put it in a window that is facing the same direction towards the sun as the last place she lived. Don’t get me wrong, I think flowers are beautiful, but I think it’s just humorous how much flowers mean to people when they do nothing but sit there and look pretty for a few days until they die. So, I placed the word “reap” above the flower on the window for my roommate to make her think about how she shouldn’t put so much time and effort into a flower.




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