I am smiling because I am happy to celebrate with him.
He is smiling because he is younger than me.
No gifts. Just smiling. He likes it that way.
I used one of the Pairings waiting for stitch on the wall, just to illustrate the fact that I think (a note to self) it is just grand that after all these years we might still be smiling. And that's enough.
Tomorrow is July. And I will be back to stitching and sharing and not just imagining.
I am going outside to Dance with Leaves. To clear my head. To toss the compost piles. To prune the raspberries. To move some wood closer to the house. To dig onions. To mulch the garlic. To harvest walnuts and sumac. To build a bigger trellis for the grapes.
Later, a little stitching and probably a little doodling.
Meanwhile in the spirit of things, I have renamed this one Dancing with Leaves. I almost want to name everything that today. I can feel myself dancing with the lighter side of things in the coming days. Just to rock back out a little. Create some wind. I've decided to dress up for Halloween.
2:19 AM: Revelation. The nine patch is a check. Duh.Back to sleep.
4:00 AM: I began to put a nine patch in the center of that table cloth. I decided to to applique it right over the existing checks. Let Mom's checks ground it. All the while thinking, a Mother is a root. No matter what grows.
4:30 AM: After considering covering the center with a nine patch, I reconsidered leave some of it showing through. Still a nine patch, but containing the ground part. Like Mother Earth.
11:00 AM: I like the other side, How the the new emerges through the old. So now also reconsidering leaving this center piece visible when considering the lining. It is sort of the heart of the thing. Through it. Through it all.
Thank you Mom, for giving me life. I couldn't have done it without you.