I learned to sew at my mother's knee. She helped me understand when to zig zag, how to pin and cut a pattern, the importance of backstitching(!), and much, much more. I have many things to be grateful for in my life, and my mother is at the top of the list.
I've recently begun helping a friend learn to sew. She had no exposure to sewing in her younger years but is very eager to learn now, and to perhaps pass it along to her own kids as well. She is nearly done with her first garment, a pair of cotton capri pants in a bright and cheerful print. As we spend time together with this shared task, I marvel at the joy that something so simple -to me- can bring someone else. Her wide-open beginner's mind, her curiosity, and her willingness to entrust her learning with me are all reminders to me about things that we humans all benefit from: deep curiosity, staying non-judgemental, and trusting the process.
Thank you, Caroline, for the reminder, and for the memories!