This week in the studio I did nothing. The whole month of April has been overwhelming for me with many unexpected situations. I did inherit a new project to work on.
One of the things that happened this month was the passing of my mother in law. She has had health problems for a while, but it was still sudden. One day she wasn’t feeling good and blood sugar levels were off, and the next day they called in the family because of organ failure. She will be missed by the family.
Just recently she gave this set of embroidered tea towels to my nineteen year old daughter. They were supposed to be for her hope chest. The demonstrates the vast difference between those two generations. My mother in law was a farm wife in a small community. Though she worked extremely hard, she never held a paying job. She was a mother to four children and her life revolved around her home. If she had a hope chest, it would be the traditional one with embroidered items and dishes.
My daughter, on the other hand has different hopes and dreams. She is studying science in university and her plans are all about what grad school and professional program to pursue, not weddings and baby names. Even with my not-so-subtle encouragement, she has no interest in any kind of craft or sewing (with the exception of possibly surgery).
In spite of the vast difference in age, life experience, goals and interests, These two women loved each other very much. So now, since I know my daughter will NEVER do it, I will finish the last towel so my daughter has a complete set. It will be a special keepsake from her grandmother.