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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

3:40 a.m.

Well the first thing you should do is go over to Carolyn's blog and read her thoughts on accepting the changes of your life.

It is funny but I woke up and couldn't get back to sleep tonight. So I sat down with a snack and started to read and there were her words - just saying the things that had woken me up in the night.

Thank you for that Carolyn.

I have also been thinking how important it was to let relationships change. 

This is really hard to do, and in fact I think it has been a theme of my life to try to keep that from happening. It is particularly hard when the relationship, from your own point of view, has been just about perfect.

I have probably spent too much time in the last couple of years trying to hold on to times in my life that were very happy but leaving my life. I think for example of that terrific feeling I had when I put three kids to bed and knew they were completely content with their lives and their home and I could head off to the sewing room for some time by myself with the same kind of peace in my heart. A lot of times I just wanted that back.

But lately I have been accepting that relationships just change and you have to let them. This takes some effort when the person who has initiated that change is not you. It has taken me some time to come to terms with my middle son leaving not just home but this country too, and that the kid who talked my ear off and shared everything is going to be a visitor, not at home, where I am anymore.

But the funny thing is that the more I have accepted the changes in our relationship the more it feels like it did between the two of us again.

I have also just realized that there is change too in the relationship with my husband. In our partnership I have also been the one who did the talking, had the schemes, and asked for support. My husband has been the anchor man - the one who fixed things for everyone and provided the kind of steady backup that we all needed.

With him off to work in the US this year all that has changed. Now he is the one with the stories, and the buck has been stopping with me for all the things that have to happen to make a household work.  In some ways it is making me feel like a single mother again and that's not a feeling that makes me particularly happy.

But I recognize that this situation is temporary, but more significantly, that it is just his turn to be the one with the adventures for a bit and he really deserves this, after all he has done for everyone else for so long. So it's my turn to do some adjusting, to be the anchor man.

I suspect, no I know, that as I get older that life is not going to get more settled as much as require me to experience many changes, including in my relationships, even the ones that were just the way I wanted them.

As this unfolds I have to say that I am just so glad I have my sewing. That is one relationship that is constant for me and has been my whole life and because of that probably makes all the other transitions just that much easier.


Ruthie said...

Very true. Change sometimes seems to be the only constant, but we need to move and grow as things change in our lives and those around us.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You wrote a great post there yourself. Since I haven't yet figured out how to handle my relationships with my daughters who are just as emotional as I, I just keep hanging in there hoping that they know that I love them more than life itself!

Sometimes I wish there was a guide book to help you with your grown children. Maybe it's because people didn't live as long as we do now or because of our economic times and ability to travel and live in totally different places, these were not challenges faced by older generations.

I don't know...but I guess I'm learning right along with you!

velosewer said...

Relationships do change and accepting that is something that takes time to resolve. Thanks for your post.

The Simple Romantic said...


Thanks for making the big bell go off in my head! I've been fighting this change and telling myself to just stop being sentimental about recalling my sweet little daughter in her childhood. I vaguely knew that at 20, our back and forth had to change. But I don't think I've quite come to grips with it.

Thank you for reminding me that I'm not the only one moving through that.

Oh, and thanks also for the inspiration of the white shirt project. I am just scanning more of my notebook plan drawings for my first one right now!

Mary OK said...

Thank you for writing this. I am grappling with such changes too, not with my children, but with long-time friends. Your insights mean a lot to me right now.