november 18 ~ thankful

   Posted by: liz   in thankful

there was a fabulous lady in my old church named florence. she recently passed away but not for lack of living!  this woman lived to 100 (at least!) and each day, she lived like it was her last ever since i knew her (we were introduced about a decade ago).

she knew movie trivia better than anyone i knew. we met for lunch several times and she treated me to a viewing of Gone with the Wind at a local theatre (my first time seeing it).  one day, when her eyesight began to go, she invited me up to her apartment and gave me her sewing machine. it was roughly 50 years old and portable but she said i was bound to use it more than her, so it was mine if i would just carry it out of the apartment for her.

and so began my love of sewing.

the machine has since died (the motor, i think…), but i still have it. perhaps one day i’ll have it serviced and it’ll be like new again. i have a newer machine now that enables me to do basic sewing and i’m thankful for it. but nothing beats a sturdy green machine given as a gift from a woman who knew how to live.

i’m thankful for the times i spent with florence, and her gift of a sewing machine. i’m thankful for the time i have these days to sew…and for boys who beg to press the pedal, or flip the “reverse” switch while i sew. it can be a bit annoying to have three boys hanging over your shoulder…but when i get annoyed by these things, i instantly remember how thankful i am that they’re there with me, not dis-interested in what i do. yet. :)

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Liz, I know someone that can service your machine should you be interested! My father in law does sewing machine repair.

What a beautiful tribute to Florence and to your boys! :) I should really learn how to use my sewing machine. :)

November 18th, 2010 at 7:40 am

<3 <3 <3

November 18th, 2010 at 1:11 pm

What a sweet post for Florence. I didn’t know her as well you did, but she made an impression on almost everyone at Ascension, i think. Even my girls were so thrilled the day the church celebrated her 100th birthday! Anyways, I love having my Grandma’s machine and when I used it I can’t help but think about what she used to make on it and just picture her sitting there using it. it makes the experience so much more satisfying!

November 18th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

yes, bonnie! i LOVE that we have it and that all my boys’ first clothings were sewed on it. i also do the ‘imagine what all was sewed on this” in my mind when working on it. i think that of the halls of my home, of the wedding rings that i wear – both 100+ and 80+ years old (respectively). we love old things because of their history…their stories. even if we can only imagine their stories.

November 18th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

well I hope someday that you can get working again then! Our house in west view was almost 100 years old and we always tried to imagine what it was like for the couple with 4 kids who lived there for the majority of their life. This house is not as old and has been filled with people who have gotten divorced, so it is not quite the same. I do miss that! Enjoy all the oldness!! :)

November 18th, 2010 at 9:29 pm

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