Remember paper dolls? The flat dresses with the little white tabs that you folded over the shoulder of the doll, who was otherwise naked, except for underpants or a slip. And how the paper shoes, with the same strategically placed tabs, somehow stayed on her feet( for a while anyway). Thinking back on it, I can’t imagine why they were so much fun. But I still love the idea of them.
Last week, Susie send me a card because, she said, it reminded her of me.
It reminded me of me too, and of paper dolls. That’s when I decided to give one of my goddesses the fabric equivalent of a paper doll dress.
That’s where it began, but there were other things on my mind (which I only realized later) while I was making it. Hawaii. I just finished reading Molokai by Alan Brennert. It’s the story of one girls life in the Leper Settlement on the island of Molokai. (Lots of loss, love, pain, and joy) The story took up a lot of space in my head and heart.
As if this wasn’t a big enough dose of Hawaii, my friend Kim was supposed to go to Hawaii this week and had to cancel her trip. Jon and I took her out to dinner (a poor substitute) but we all agreed that something good would come of her being home this week instead of being in Hawaii.
This idea fed into a conversation that Jon and I were having while walking the dogs the next day. We talked about embracing life, not just what we perceive as the good parts, but all of it. So instead of shutting down and tightening up in the face of fear or loss or rejection or disappointment, embracing it. As Kim was about to embrace her vacation week at home.
So, that’s the story of my new pillow Embrace Life. It’s new for me, different from my other collage pillows in subtle ways. And moving me in another direction that I’m liking.
Embrace Life is SOLD.