Even though you’re feeling deeply,
Lightly let things happen. Lightly child lightly. ~ Aldous Huxley*
I’m working on a quilt for my grandson Wallace who is on the cusp – his 13th birthday is today. He chose a quilt pattern made of triangles. The title of the pattern in the book Sunday Morning Quilts is “Nap Like an Egyptian.”
I’m using a fabric print that includes compasses. So, I found two books to go with the quilt, one about the Egyptians and the compass and the other about geometry in art; I’m inscribing that one“study your geometry.”
Wallace loves to draw. Once he told his mother after I gave him a fat empty book, “She really knows me.” I do know what it feels like to be an introvert, and I know wanting to do things “perfectly.” I love his sense of humor, his knowing what he doesn’t want, his art, and his feeling everything deeply. I’m inscribing the other book with the Huxley quote, “lightly child lightly.”
As I began making the quilt wonkier than the artist who shared the pattern suggested, I retitled it “Ancient Egyptian saying, Measure Twice Cut Once.” After about the third try, when the quilt and I were both falling apart, I was “sucked into frustration – trying to hard,” to make the pieces fit. Then re-membering, actually pulling myself together, I felt in my bones how much I love this boy my first grandchild. The light dawned and I told myself “do this with love.” Fill this quilt with love!
Duh. What more can I say but “lightly, child, lightly.”