Let me tell you why this is one of my favorite and most treasured photos that I have. It was taken in about 1988. That's me in the middle. My best and favorite friend ever is Phyllis who is on the right side of the picture. This is one of the few pictures I have of me laughing. We were sailing on Lake Syracuse. Phyllis died of cancer a few years after this picture was taken. Phyl was one of the few people that I have known that I totally enjoyed every single minute we spent together. I could go on about my BFF and that day, but that is not what this post is about.
It's funny how certain things in our memory come back to us time and time again. I vividly remember a day when I was about 6 or 7 when my parents were planting bushes in our back yard. I remember playing in the mud from one of the holes my dad had dug. I had put mud on my legs and was washing it off with the hose. Who knows what game I had going on in my imagination ~ lol~. I remember when my mother saw what I was doing she REALLY yelled at me. Something like --stopping playing around, you have work to do. I remember thinking - What work? I'm not doing the planting- not thinking sassily just honestly.
Fast forward to growing into a hard working adult. I have been thinking a little bit about why I do or don't do things. It's been hard for me to cut loose in laughter except with Terry. I always say that the reason we have been married for almost 43 years is because he makes me laugh and boy does he. It's also been hard for me to find "Me" time. Not that I am so busy, it just has not been a mind set priority.
I have always loved Crazy Quilt and embroidery. When Kathy Shaw offered a beginning Crazy Quilt Embellishment class my first response was that I wished it was the fall when I am not so busy. Really. Not so busy in the fall with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas coming! For a split second that day in the back yard playing in the mud crossed my mind. Is that crazy or what. I had a pretty crappy childhood so I am always psyching out why I think and do things. Here was Kathy, an accomplished Crazy Quilter, offering a FREE class. Why wasn't I jumping at the chance to have "ME" time learning a skill that I have always wanted to accomplish. So, I went back and signed up. I have a new mindset about life in general. In the past year the health issues of several people that are really close to me have made me realize that I have missed a lot of opportunities. Thank you Kathy for making this opportunity available to me and thank you ME for taking advantage of it.