When we sold mom and dad’s house over a year ago, it was a rush to empty it of 53 years of accumulated “stuff” (we moved there when I was 5).
Do people still have linen closets? Mine is a multitude of linen drawers. In mom’s bathroom was a large closet with shelves of dry goods… linens, towels, sheets, embroidered pillow cases, table cloths, rags… You name it. I boxed up as much as I could and drug it home. Some items actually made it into my linen drawers.
Last week I decided it was time to sort through these drawers – get rid of some things, consolidate others. Out of the blue I found a stack of embroidered tea towels.
Although there is nothing to indicate who embroidered these, I am fairly certain it was my dad’s mom. Her hands were never idle and one of my childhood memories of her was that she was always embroidering something… pillow cases, table cloths, sheets, and towels.
She even embroidered a red chain stitch around the edges of each towel. Mom treasured them as a labor of love, because they had never been used.
Obviously they couldn’t be packed back away, hidden from the world any longer. But they also couldn’t be used like some old dish towel I picked up at Wallyworld. What to do…This is where having a spouse with an artistic mind comes in handy. He took one and folded it until he had it the perfect size. Then after folding, ironing, and placing little “stay stitches” on each one (I did that part), they were ready to hang.
I love the new old addition to my kitchen. Thank you grandma for your many hours of work. I can only imagine the love you put in each little stitch. And thank you mom for caring enough to store these away all of these years.
PS. The “dress” is in transit. According to UPS tracking it is in Iowa and will be delivered “on time” on Friday. If it works out, hooray. But if it doesn’t, no big deal. I’ll just wear what I wore last year. I’m not so vain as to think anyone will remember what I showed up to a party in a year ago. Heck, I couldn’t even remember what I wore until I looked back at pictures.
Hope everyone is doing well and having a wonderfully blessed week.