Thursday, October 13, 2016

Saying good bye to my first cheer leader

Mom in her handknit sweater from Aunt Jean
Tomorrow, we will say a final good-bye to my mom. She died last Thursday (October 6) after a long illness.
Mom was my first cheer leader when I started sewing, creating, and otherwise making a mess of the house.
She drew the line at glitter, but everything else was allowed while I learned to express myself through creative pursuits.
She used to take me to Towers -- a long dead Ontario-based department store -- to explore their extensive haberdashery offerings.
Within reason, I could chose whatever I needed for my next project. Embroidery threads, hoops, transfers, needles, fabrics for the clothes I learned to make on my Grandmother's Singer 501 -- these things she bought for me. In retrospect, she was likely grateful that I was staying at home and sewing stuff and not riding around in cars with boys.
I'm grateful for her friendship, her constant support, and her love.
She was a great woman who loved to knit, bake bread and clean the house within a inch of its life. Mom believed that hands occupied in the creation of things find contentment and joy in simple things.
I hope that she has found contentment and joy. Although we miss her, we were blessed to have her for  mom. We'll always have that.


  1. {{{{{Nancy and family}}}}} That's a lovely memoriam for your mom, and I shall see you tomorrow for the service. PLEASE let me know if there's anything I can help with.

  2. Thinking of you at this sad time Nancy. May you find strength in the happy memories that you shared together and that you will treasure always. Sending you love. Hugs Christine x

  3. I am very sorry for your loss. Lovely photo and sweater.


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