Both my grandmothers were handy with the needle. My dad's mom with the sewing machine for making clothing and knitting needles. My mom's mom with embroidery thread and yarn for needlepoint, as well as a crochet hook. As I type this, I recall some rug hooking as well. I learned needlework from watching my grandmother's. I also took a pattern making class as a 13 year old - thank you Aunt Nancy - and my sewing skills were further honed.
There isn't a lot of mending that goes on these days. Clothing tends to be disposable - think Forever 21 or Francesca's. It's good for a season or two and then you chuck it.
Humans, on the other hand...we are not disposable. We are easily hurt. We are easily torn. We take things to heart that sometimes, we don't even realize we took to heart. We are fragile and strong all at the same time. We need to sit every so often and just mend.
As we are T-minus 16 hours away from Thanksgiving, a day of gratitude for many and equally, a day of sadness for many, perhaps today would be a good day to sit and reflect on what needs to be mended in your life. I love this line from below, "Piece together all the beautiful squares and circles and diamonds that you are."
Make it THAT kind of a day. xo
When things are frayed and torn, mend them. Mend yourself when you've come apart at the seams. Put your pieces back together with a steady, patient stitch. Sit down in a comfy chair with that basket of clothes and mend them. Bring out your threads and needles and buttons. Listen to Lena Horne while you mend. Put the pieces back together. Mend a relationship that stretched until it couldn't stretch anymore. Mend your broken heart. Piece together all the beautiful squares and circles and diamonds that you are. Find how your mothering self and your child self, your business self and your artistic self can all fit together in a colorful, integrated whole. Like a patchwork quilt. Mend that ancient rift in your family. Make amends. Mend the hole where you let parts of yourself be sucked away time and time again. Amend your agreements with people as you change and they change. Before you reach and end, take time to mend.
How can you stop the rain from falling down?
How can you stop the sun from shining?
What makes the world go round?