I have this project. It is a quilt. It needs binding. Still!
I have these kids. They prevent me from binding this project. Sometimes, it is so uncool that they do this. They take away my precious quilting time, causing me to do terribly unfun things like laundry, dishes, and wiping up glitter. I try to sneak into my sewing room, but as soon as they hear my iron turn on, or my machine start to hum, they go into action. They tip a plant over. They spill syrup all over everything and under. They build a fort with my clean laundry, using toothpaste to draw the ”windows”. They poop. They poop.
But you know what? Sometimes, it is so cool when they take me away. When they run in to bring me “flowers” (weeds, complete with roots…but hey! They are pulled weeds!). When they color a picture for me. When we go swimming. When we play at the park. When we go to the movies. When we read a book. When we dance and shake our booty.
I have this project. It is my son. He needs to learn to ride his bike. Still!
He is 8 years old, and cannot ride bike yet. Do you know why? Because I have been so distracted with my quilting, binding, sewing (unsewing, then sewing again), that I get lost in time and space. I lose touch with those things that are most important. Those pooping weed-pickers. I love them. I don’t want all of my years to pass by and only have a bunch of quilts to show for it. I want a whole vase of dandelions. I want to read “Walter, the Farting Dog” for the thousandth time. I want to watch “Wreck it Ralph” in the dollar theater with popcorn for three (even though we own the DVD). I want to see Ender Dragon get defeated yet again in Minecraft. I want to see an 8 year old boy ride his bike.
If I am half the planner that I think I am, or half the mom I wish I were, I should be able to accomplish both, with a little bit of effort, planning, and tenacity. These two things I will do!
1. I will bind that quilt.
2. That boy will ride his bike.
What does all of this mean to you? Hopefully a lot. If anything, it should help you on your own little projects. Here are my challenge for you this week:
1. I want you to spend quality time with somebody you care about, doing something new and unexpected, fun, and different. Post, Instagram, Flickr, or Blog about it. Your family and friends love it when you brag on them anyway. Tag me!
2. Get working on that one thing in your sewing room that you are stalling. Tell me what it is. How did you do? Go, have fun!…while I clean up this glue and toilet paper.