Last night my fortune cookie said, “You won’t appreciate the water until the well has dried up.”
Oh, how very true. For 28 years I’ve enjoyed the wisdom and love from four wonderful grandparents. It was one of those blessings that I knew I should be thankful for, and I was, but I see now that I didn’t fully appreciate just how much of a treasure I had in these four amazing people. Last Friday morning my grandfather passed away. Even though I knew that his time was coming, and even though I had said goodbye, written him a letter, spoken to him two nights before and heard, “I love you, honey. I love you, darlin’. I love you, sweetie.” I wasn’t ready.
How can you ever be ready?
This space is a creative outlet, a place to showcase what I make for those that I love. It’s not usually a place that I air my grief. I just felt like I couldn’t post about quilting without mentioning my grandfather’s passing. It didn’t feel authentic to post about my newest quilt without mentioning why I had been absent for the past two weeks. I do know that I am lucky to have had 28 years to learn from him, especially since in my younger years I was not as in tune with the wisdom his life had to offer. I am also forever grateful to have so many memories from the past few summers where I went home during summer vacation. Thank God I made the choice to be a teacher.
Last night I decided I needed some therapy time with my sewing machine (isn’t quilting such great therapy?) and I pulled out my Honey Honey quilt top. It’s time to be finished had come.
Then, as I was basting this quilt my quilting pattern completely changed, and I am so excited to finish this one now. I decided to mark the quilt lines, and it was worth the extra time.
I can’t wait to show you the back and the binding I have chosen for this quilt. It is all coming together so beautifully. Thank you to all of you who sent me words of love and comfort over the past few days. I am even more thankful for the quilting community, and for the therapy this craft brings to my life.