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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 I write a monthly humour/sewing column for 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 Amazonhttps://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=barbara+emodi&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abarbara+emodi

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas

I am on my way to bed now and going to practice knitting the last inch of the last sock by iPad light.

We have been hit with colds and then a violent stomach virus. Miss Scarlett was in getting IV fluids last night, now recovered, so our day tomorrow is going to be streamlined. My DH is the latest down for the count, and I hope he has enough strength tomorrow to tell me how he does the turkey.

Christmas is an interesting time. It brings families together again and I am lucky that ours likes each other. I am not anticipating any arguments etc. over the pie about world issues -  I think they are all too weak. Viruses included we are grateful to be together and lucky to have little kids with us.

Of course it changes every year. It occurs to me that mothers, in particular those who feel kids at home was prime time, hope that when those people, now away, come home they will bring those times back with them but of course they don't. There are girlfriends who are missed, new lives, new dreams, new commitments. But it is still good, very good and if a mom can lie in her bed and hear just for one night the sounds of her kids in the house again that is a pleasure whose significance she can keep to herself.

They have no idea.

But it doesn't have to be the same every year and it won't, but having new people and new ideas added just makes it seem to grow to me.

And in my life that includes you.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

I too am off to bed. Just finished the thumbs on the last two pair of mittens and I have been thinking the same thoughts. Must be the wool.
Our Christmas has changed over the years and for all the reasons you mentioned. I have to remind myself that I can't go back, I shouldn't stand still and get on with the journey. It is nice to know that someone else is having the same thoughts on this Christmas eve.
Night, night, Barb.

Donna

Judith said...

And a Merry Christmas to you!...J...

velosewer said...

Wishing you health and happiness at Christmas:)

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas. So sorry to hear about the colds and flu - hope everyone feels better soon. I love your blog and really enjoy your perspective on life and sewing. Enjoy your time with your family and best wishes for the New Year.
Cheryl from London, Ontario

Heather said...

Merry Christmas! I always enjoy your blog.
Yes that stomach virus is terrible. I caught it last Wednesday. It must be going around HRM. So far my husband has escaped it.
Our Christmas Day is very quiet. One son and his family now live in Calgary and the other son and his family are spending the time in Truro with his in-laws. We have them tomorrow . . .

Karin said...

Merry Christmas! I wish everyone better. Stomach bugs are horrible. And if Christmas is a little slow, I hope you have a rip-roaring New Year!

Mary said...

Sorry you are all a bit under the weather, but thank you for an excellent post nonetheless. As mothers we do have to remember that there is a season for everything and there is joy to be found in each of them. Letting adult children be adults and live their own lives is a significant blessing, if one lets go of past expectations and meets them where they are. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Jeanneke said...

Wishing you a Merry (Mother's) Christmas, too!
Beautiful post; thanks so much for sharing.
Blessings,

Jeanneke.

annie said...

Happy Christmas, Barbara.

Sewfast said...

Merry Christmas Barb to you and yours!

a little sewing said...

Merry Christmas Barbara - thank you for your friendship this year, and I hope you all feel better very soon!

a little sewing said...

Merry Christmas, Barbara. Thank you for your friendship this year, and I hope you and your family are feeling much better very soon.

Louisa said...

Love your blog, Barbara! Wishing you and yours health and happiness and a Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Lots of parenting wisdom in this post and many others - one of the joys of reading your blog (so thank you!). I hope the ginger speeds everyone's recovery.

Cecilia

Jodie said...

Things are winding down here for me on Christmas Day. However my boy and husband were with me around the table, so I can't really ask for more than that. Hope the turkey got done and that you all start to feel better soon. I so enjoy your blog, Merry Christmas to you and yours

Sandra said...

> if a mom can lie in her bed and hear just for one night the sounds of her kids in the house again that is a pleasure whose significance she can keep to herself.

Ah, yes, Barb. My daughter and SIL are planning to drive here today; I was already pondering this very thing -- that pleasure.

> But it doesn't have to be the same every year and it won't, but having new people and new ideas added just makes it seem to grow to me.

Again, yes! Last year was their first married Christmas and he spent most of December in jail. :/ So, yes, new people, new ideas, new hearts, forgiveness, hope. We are truly blessed.

I hope that you all are feeling better soon. Merry Christmas!

carolinascallin said...

Hope everyone in your house is on the way to recovery! All the best for 2013!