There has only been one picture that I've actually taken home and hung up for my friends and family to see. Until now. Last week one of my seventh graders painted this for me:
It's a 8"x10" canvas painting that features popular characters from legendary Japanese animator, Hayao Miyazaki. He's written and directed many award winning films, such as: My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Princess Mononoke.
Every year, I have at least a handful of students who are fans of his films and every year I find making a connection with them through these awesome movies. This year one of those short conversations must have planted a seed that eventually blossomed into one of coolest pieces of art I've ever owned.
I love it so much that I went out, purchased a frame, and placed it on a bookshelf at home. I plan on bringing it back to school in August, so my student can see her work hanging up in my classroom. But as soon as she graduates a year from now, it's coming home with me permanently.
Thank you Sophia for this beautiful painting!
Last week, I also received a pair of generous gifts of the sports card variety.
The first card was sent to me by GCRL over at Cards as I See Them and it's the latest addition to my Japanese baseball player collection:
2017 Bowman Chrome #BCP97
Norimoto pitched in two games during the 2017 World Baseball Classic for Samurai Japan, but struggled against Cuba and the Netherlands. He had the worst ERA and WHIP among all Japanese pitchers during the tournament.
The good news is that he hasn't let the bad experience affect his season with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the NPB. He is currently leading the league in strikeouts.
Some of you might also remember his name when he helped Samurai Japan no-hit a team of MLB all-stars back in 2014.
Thank you Jim for my very first Norimoto baseball card!
The other package was an eBay lot purchased by Uncle Tiny who had the cards shipped to my mailbox.
Four cards. Four Dennis Eckersley's. Three of them feature very low serial numbers:
2005 UD HOF "Seasons" #HFS-DE1 (#'d 25/50)
2005 UD HOF "Hall Worthy" #HW-DE2 (#'d 5/15)
2005 Donruss Greats "Platinum Holofoil" #17 (#'d 10/50)
Thanks Uncle Tiny!
I already own the "Clutch Performers" insert, but all three of those serial numbered cards are awesome additions to my Eckersley collection.
Have a great Father's Day weekend! Happy Friday and sayonara!