THE THREADS THAT BIND.
Sometimes objects are more noteworthy than just their intended purpose, than owning it. Sometimes giving it away can be happier than having it for yourself.
If you saw our post on our skirt to dress conversion, I’ve been doing a lot of sewing lately, but didn’t have a sewing machine. One late night while in a particular hand-sewing flurry, I posted:
Somewhat kidding, I was surprised to have 3 different people msg me to offer to give me a sewing machine. Wow, really?? One of whom was my aunt, who very recently lost her mother to brain cancer, and was offering me her mom’s sewing machine.
Going through a deceased parent’s things, and being a parent to your other parent who is grieving is one of the most difficult things in life. If anyone knows how hard it is, it’s me – been there, done that. Although at completely different ages/stages in life ourselves, it was interesting to be intersecting with my aunt at this juncture, only I’m a little over a year ahead of her in the process. I was able to encourage her that it does get better, there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
It was such a beautiful thing to hear what a special bond sewing has been to the women in her family. Her mother sewed a lot, and had actually bought this particular machine new in 2008 but had been too ill to use it. It was still in the box when my aunt gave it to me. As it turns out, it is a wonderfully healing gift for her to give, knowing something special to her mom has such a happy new home.
I’m so thankful for the seemingly random connection, wonderful gift,
and the chance to truly connect to someone I love in a difficult time.
Looking forward to sharing my new adventures in secondhand sewing with all of you.