Monday, June 8, 2015

And Feed Them on Your Dreams

For a long while, I've pushed myself to turn the last corner on Hannah Pepper.  It seems I've been with her for ages, lingering on her rich colors and tiny details, while sometimes neglecting her for selfish periods of time....... 


....but always returning to the next panel, the next verse, the next corner, and then on again  I knew her time was passing, but she was always there, no matter what other flights of fancy and knots in the thread came along.  And she was always full of life, joy and color.


So was my mother.  I lost her very recently, and just like Hannah, I knew her time was slipping by. Until the very last, she was full of life, joy and color.   She was also happiest when she was surrounded by her children.


My mom taught me so much, it was hard to even know how to take stock of it all. 


She taught me to keep my best face forward and look things straight in the eye
....even on a bad hair day.


She taught me that learning starts early and never stops.


She taught me that even my brothers will be my best friends.




She taught me that while the king may sit on the throne, the queen rules the domain.


She taught me to recognize my gifts.....


...and to express them with passion.

So I'm going to move on with Hannah Pepper and think of my mother, as I did the night I sat in her chair and turned Hannah's last corner.  Thank you Mom, for showing me the way.





16 comments:

marly said...

I'm so very sorry. Sweet family photos. The quilt is exquisite.

Marilyn said...

Hannah is looking great.
That quilt is gorgeous!
My condolences on your Mother's passing.
The old pics are great memories.
Marilyn

Marilyn said...

Hannah is looking great.
That quilt is gorgeous!
My condolences on your Mother's passing.
The old pics are great memories.
Marilyn

Lee said...

I'm sorry for your loss. This was a beautiful and eloquent post and it would have made your mother proud.

The Inspired Stitcher said...

Oh Mary, I'm so sorry to hear the news. Heaven has added another star to the sky. Take care, dear friend. {{Hugs}}

Melissa said...

Mary, I am sorry for your loss. It was a lovely tribute to your mom. It's nice that as you stitch Hannah you will think of her. Maybe her hand is guiding yours to help you finish this big sampler!

Take care!

Sharon said...

What a sweet tribute to your mother. Very touching. The quilt is stunning! I too am stitching Hannah Pepper. I am taking my time and enjoying her wondering what her life was like.

Barb said...

What a wonderful tribute to your mother. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jackie said...

I'm so sorry for you loss. I enjoyed hearing all that she has taught you and looking at your family photos. I especially love that you're sitting in her chair whilst stitching on HP.

Krista said...

What a lovely post in tribute of your mother. I am so very sorry for your loss. Keep your memories close to heart and I hope they will bring you comfort and smiles.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I'm so very sorry for your loss. There is no loss to compare with losing your mother. blessings, marlene

llknbillburg said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. She sounds like she was a wonderful person and will be so missed. Laura

woolwoman said...

oh my goodness Mary - I'm so very sorry for your loss. Such a sweet tribute and beautiful last shot of your mom. I believe I remember you showing those wedding photos. I'm happy you can persevere onward with Hannah , it is a beauty for sure. Hope you have many happy days full of sweet memories - Mel

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

I love family photos. The quilt is stunning--the quilting is amazing. Cherish the sweet memories

Carol said...

I'm so very sorry to read about your mom's passing, Mary... Your tribute is so very special and I will never forget seeing the photos of all of her beautiful quilts. What a talented woman she was... I know you must miss her terribly--I'm already dreading the day when my mom leaves. Sending a hug your way.

Kate said...

Beautiful tribute to your mom