Sunday, April 21, 2013

The People Who Love You and Vintage View Link Party

Often unfair.
Filled with unpleasant surprises of things you never thought would happen.
I'm not speaking of tragedy, but difficulty.
I think most of us don't experience tragedy--like those that have occurred recently,
but I know we all have difficulties--sometimes every day.

Some are self-imposed  from injudicious decisions, and
 some brought on in the process of living with and loving people. 
People who make mistakes, get sick, grow old, have hurts... 
Or people who are just downright hateful, vengeful, or manipulative.

I had a particularly stressful week this week, and someone who is becoming dear to me said 

"go and be with the people who love you."

And it made me think long and hard about who those people really are...
And who those people have been and are becoming.

There's my sweet mother, who taught me to sew with excellence.  
I found these vintage 50's napkins which so reminded me of the ones she
taught me to make. (We never used paper.):

(These will go to 
my heart sister, Christel
who just started wanting cloth napkins and has dining room walls this color.)

There was my mother's mother, my Mamaw, 
who was a poor, Appalachian farm wife, mother of 11,
with a crooked stoop in her back but always a soft voice and a smile for me.
Who wore aprons full of wood clothespins like this one:

And this one:

The fabrics repurposed from feed sacks:

And my Grandmother Gwen, my "city" grandma
who wore elegant beaded jewelry like this:

And my dear, sweet, brilliant son, 
who loves caps like this one in black and white wool herringbone:

Can't you just see how this hat fits him?  :-)

And a special 12-year old 
who loves all things vintage and is my thrifting buddy.
She found these bottles of glitter for me. For fifty cents each, I had to have them:

I kept finding these items in my thrifting yesterday, and I wondered--
Am I buying memories?
I think it was just God's way of reminding me through everyday things
that I have been and am loved.

As I reflect, there are so many others--my mother-in-law, my cousins,
my sisters-in-law, so many friends--
too many to name..
what a blessing!

We are investing ourselves in each other's lives, 
with all the joy, all the pain, and all the difficulty.

 I love them, and they love me.
 That lightens the load.

So if you are having a difficult day or week, write an e-mail, make a phone call,
 drop in and pay a visit, or just reflect on memories:

Go and be with the ones who love you.

Linking up with
Show and  Tell Friday
Dwelllings' Amaze Me Monday
Weekend Showoff Party
Time Travel Thursday

Knick of Time Tuesday
You're Gonna Love It
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Show Me What You Got Tuesdays
Primp Your Stuff Wednesday
Wow Us Wednesdays
Share Your Cup Thursdays
Grace at Home
Show and Tell Friday
Sweet and Simple Fridays

Vintage View Sunday Link Party


Cathy said...

this is a weekend for memories, I participated in the Komen Cancer walk yesterday your mom was on mind and in my heart. One of my girlfriends has stage 4 breast cancer and doing great. I look forward to reading your blog it is a part of my daily routine.

Laura Turner said...

You are precious to me, Cathy. So sorry for your friend, but I'm glad she's doing well. And I'm glad you walked for her and Mom. Happy you are reading my blog and that you finally figured out how to leave comments! :-) Let's talk soon.

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Such a sweet post! Love hearing about aprons and napkins used by those we love and it is always wonderful to be in the company of those we love and that love us! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!

Jann Olson said...

Oh I love this post. Yes, being with the ones we love is a blessing. They bring out the best in us. Love hearing about your special people and that hat so fits your handsome son. Great treasures and great memories! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will link with your party this week. I need to take note so I don't forget.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I just saw this party and even though it was a few weeks ago, I linked up!! I added it to my Party list. I do hope you will be having more so I can link up all my vintage goodies. I will give you a shout out in a post if you are going to continue it????