When Charlotte Hamilton (@blueshineart) and I started this project 64 days ago I didn't imagine we would still be sheltering in place here in California. Nor that we would find ourselves simultaneously in an active fight for social justice. I'm not sure the two have ever occurred in the same exact moment, but here we are. I was not surprised when I went to my images folder for this project and saw the photo of Lady Liberty that I had assigned to this prompt a few months ago. Art happens, and often even by accident meets us where we are. My interest in Statue of Liberty souvenirs stems from my grandmother, Rosina. This copper bank souvenir belonged to her. She gave it to me several years ago. She knew I was the person in the family who would find meaning in the odd things she had held on to. She was right. I immediately loved this and found a special place for it in our bookcase. The fancy one with the glass doors. Grammy had a collection of many Statue of Liberty themed pieces. Everything from this odd little bank to Franklin Mint plates, to charm bracelets. Her love of Lady Liberty came from being raised by immigrant parents who instilled in her a deep pride of being American, and a belief that Americans protect the vulnerable. Always. The sad truth is that we can, but we have chosen not to. The thing about choice is that while it is a bitter truth to come to terms with our bad choices and our failures, choice also means we have the freedom to act differently. Always.

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