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the right way of it*

April 18, 2010

This is my favourite t-shirt ever. Why? Well, partly because of the glorious colour and the very pleasing design, which is entitled ‘tropical frog’ (look closely, you can see them), but also because of the amazing people that lie behind it.

All parents dread the thought of one of their children becoming seriously ill. That fear became a reality for artist and mother of five Martha Miller when her beautiful daughter Lisbeth contracted a viral illness that led to a traumatic brain injury. Lisbeth was just six at the time and Martha writes about it very movingly here.

Out of an experience that many of us might fear would crush us, Martha and Lisbeth are creating something of beauty and joy. Lisbeth loves to design intricate mandalas, like the tropical frogs on my t-shirt, and Martha arranges for them to be printed onto items that can be sold, with the profits helping Lisbeth live independently. The latest addition to her Etsy shop is a stunning range of table linens that shout life and celebration and summer.

Lisbeth has some idiosyncratic phrases in her vocabularly that her family affectionately refer to as ‘Lis-isms’. ‘The right way of it’ is her way of saying ‘to do things correctly’. Although there are no recipes or formulae for overcoming life’s challenges, Martha and Lisbeth seem to have found one ‘right way of it’.

*with thanks to Lisbeth Miller

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 18, 2010 7:23 pm

    Jo, that is so beautiful. THANKYOU for your thoughtful post. And you look terrific in that tee!!! Pretty way of it! (Lis-ism! :^)


  2. April 20, 2010 11:08 am

    Gorgeous T shirt. Thanks for telling the story behind it. Such a positive outcome from what must have been a family’s nightmare.

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