Monday, December 22, 2014
I was upstairs in my studio working. It was late in the afternoon and it was that time of day, not long before the sun sets. I didn't need a light, but I would need one soon.
I was taking apart the seams on a white eyelet jacket. It was well made and the seams were double stitched. The material was going to be used to make pendant necklaces and ornaments and I needed to be careful as I worked.
A few days earlier I was given the jacket along with three more tops by Beth. The clothing belonged to her mother, Jewel, who had passed away about four weeks earlier.
Beth saw my crafts using old quilts. She contacted me and we arranged to meet. She wanted Jewel's siblings, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and close friends to have something to treasure and hold dear this first Christmas. The moment I met Beth, I felt the kindness in her. She is a lovely woman and I knew this was going to be a special project.
As Beth was bringing out the clothing, she shared her mother with me. She told me how it was for her mother growing up and what it was like for her to be the wife of a career military man. She told me that Jewel loved to knit, read and travel. She said her mother was small in size, but just full of spunk. As I listened to Beth, I could see the love in her eyes. Her mother was clearly a woman who loved and was loved in great measure.
I felt it then and I feel it now as I work in the waning light. I appreciate the softness of the clothing and the faint, gentle scent of Jewel. I think about the woman who wore these tops and how I have been invited to be part of her memory.
I create because it fills me with joy and it truly nurtures my heart and my soul. To be asked to create and be a part of someone else's life is gift I will treasure forever.