Thursday 5 June 2008
Winding Down, Winding Up
Often after a period of intensity, there is a letting out, a kind of flopping of self. Feeling a need to retreat and hide from the repercussions of exclusively crafting for days on end (namely a foodless house and a fabric-covered basement), we went to visit family. When I go back there, the place comforts me. Out in the country, with space and green and lack of concrete, it soothes the soul.
And I wish it was just that. Having to admit that interacting with beloved family is not the comfort that you always wish it were is hard. Having your soul ruffled by the people you love most (and not through any "fault" of our own, it just being what family is sometimes) makes me feel, well, old. And tired. I'm struggling with growing into the concept that soul-soothing really is my own responsibility.
Ah, well. Onward and upward, eh? And in the meantime she grows onward and upward too.
That's Safiya busy taking maple keys and planting them in the peach orchard. Don't worry, we put proper pants on her before we went out. I packed that dress thinking that it fit her at the end of last summer, so.......ha! Clearly they grow at exponential rates when you're not looking....
I think I hear the siren call of sewing new summer clothes.....