How is everyone out there doing?? Is your sanity surviving the quarantine? Has it been the weirdest week (year!) or what? A few weeks ago I wrote about how grateful I am for my sewing hobby during times of stress as we’ve been navigating a serious health challenge with our son. Fortunately we’re making progress on his health diagnosis, but the gratitude continues as we’re all navigating quarantines and the results of a pandemic.
A friend shared this quote from Grace Coolidge with me years ago, and suddenly it feels so relevant to many of us. So much of what we’re facing is unknown and uncertain – and that’s such a disconcerting feeling.
(Update: I created a free printable version of this quote. Find the download link below.)
In some ways the chaos feels like par for the course this year as the past few months have been so off-kilter for our family with our son’s health issues. Fortunately we’re starting to get some answers there. Thank you SO MUCH to all for you kind words, prayers, and well wishes. He was diagnosed last week with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), a condition that affects circulation (blood flow). We’ve now got appointments with pediatric specialists in a few different departments. We’ve still got a road ahead, but it’s been calming to have a direction to head in.
And now we’re facing a new upheaval. Last week I was worried because I had a kid trying to manage school from home. Now I may have 4! Two of those are daughters in college. Both have just learned that their classes will be online only for the rest of the semester. One of them who was coming home this week for Spring break anyway, is now moving home for the next month. Not at all what we were all expecting for her Freshman year.
I have a suspicion everyone is feeling some form of similar upheaval right about now…
So, once again, I’m grateful for sewing – for something that brings be stability and sanity when the world feels so off-kilter. As Grace said, “something that keeps me to the course”.
Here’s the current state of my sewing room. The good news: I will not run out of projects or supplies or things to do during any quarantining! Lol.
I’m working on a baby quilt from Andy Knowlton’s book Fresh Fat Quarter Quilts. Ironically, this is the project I was starting when I cut off the end of my finger in November.
I’m making a baby quilt and I’m excited to get this to Sew Shabby Quilting this weekend. (In a responsible, germ-free, social-distancing manner.)
Speaking of my finger… my finger has grown back! Even the nail bed! It’s pretty amazing. It’s a little more flat on the outside of the tip that was missing, but I’m totally marveling at what the human body can do. (I’m still a little numb and tingly on the inside and I expect it will stay that way for a while, but even those sensations are continuing to change and progress. It’s amazing.) Keep that vigilance with rotary cutter safety!
And maybe that’s a good reminder that time heals. It’s not fun to go through the stress and agony parts of life, but time does heal.
With all of this uncertainty, I know we’ll be fine. We’ve got food, toilet paper, the internet, fabric and thread. And people that I love. But my worries and heart and prayers do go out to those at risk, those who are alone or without a support network, those for whom this upheaval poses serious challenge, and those doctors, nurses and first responders we’ll require so much of.
It’s a humbling time.
Stay safe out there my friends! Wash your hands. Use this time to put some good into the world. Maybe teach a child to sew. xo
This is where I’ll be if you need to find me! With forced time at home, I’ll have lots to share over the weeks ahead. Including a fun giveaway for National Quilting Month!