This letting go thing is not something that I am skilled at! In fact, at this moment, I am still in denial. Just last night, I was at the fabric store, buying the last bit of fabric I need to make robes for the kids (knock, knock, knock), to go over Christmas pajamas that I still haven’t started yet (knock), all while Steve stands idly by, shaking his head (uh, Crazy Mommy? Is that you????). He knows better, but he also knows better then to try to convince me to give it up before I’m good and ready. The best he can do is wait for the train wreck and help to pick up the pieces when it comes. Poor fella.
I have made some concessions though. And I’ve required some of others. Last week the scene was in the yarn store. I needed one little thing and both Iain and Elijah declared that while we were there, they absolutely *must* get supplies for Christmas gifts.
Picture if you will, me running back and forth between two different aisles, trying to counsel two different boys, on the two different scarves, that they’ve separately and secretly, decided to make for each other. All while trying to keep Galen from emptying out all the buttons on the button display (Steve was sitting this one out in the car with a sleeping babe).
Time for a reality check. Ok, gentlemen, everyone come here to me! (by the button display so that Galen can amuse himself with supervision) Here’s the deal. Christmas is in *counts off the days*, in that time we are moving and trying to *rattles off the list of things aiming to be accomplished*, there is no possible way for you to make everything you wish to make, entirely in secret. So, how’s about, just for this one year you guys just tell each other what you are making for one another and that way you can help each other pick out the yarn and work on them together.
Quite thankfully, they agreed.
This is the scene that I came down to, a mere two days later…
Elijah finished up his garter stitch “Gryffindor” scarf for Iain in 3 days. Now I just need to find the time to sit down and show him how to work in the ends.
And Iain is still chugging along with his “scarf to match Elijah’s new coat”. He’s working it in seed stitch and it’s a lot wider then the scarf Elijah made, so it’s taking a little longer.
He came to me the day after we bought the yarn and said, “My yarn looks so pretty, all laid out at the foot of my bed, I could just take a picture!” So of course I handed him the camera! I guess for all of his being like he’s father, in some ways he’s an awful lot like me as well!
It seems Elijah got in on the action too…
And on the subject of letting go, obviously, regular posting here has slipped by the wayside. We move on Thursday, so I’d imagine that these last few days here and a handful of days or so on the other side are going to be hit or miss, but I’m sure I’ll be stopping in from time to time.