I could barely close the lid on my scrap bin and I found the old apron with the seahorses on it (I was drawn to the 1970’s oranges and browns). It all screamed “Potholders”.
Sometimes I like to listen to music when I work, sometimes I need silence other times I want voices, talking. All three can either be distracting or just the right thing to free up my brain and help me focus while I work.
Today I tuned into VPR and listened to John Lewis’ memorial service as I sewed.
There were times I was crying as I worked, but the one of the things that really stuck with me was when Barack Obama called John Lewis a Founding Father of our country.
What an inspiring and hopeful idea to believe that a Founding Father didn’t have to be alive at a country’s inception. Because our country is always changing and growing that the Founding Fathers and Mothers are still yet to be.
That idea gave me a vision of a country I never was able to imagine before.
If John Lewis is a Founding Father of our country then that country must then be one where all people are not only equal under the law but treated equally in that society. Or at least it’s a country where it’s an accepted belief to be worked towards.
I’d love to link my potholders up to this idea somehow, but they’re really just potholders.
Except that, what often happens when I’m listening to something that moves me when I’m creating when I look at whatever it is I made, I remember what I was listening too.
So I think maybe I’ll keep one of these potholders.
I’ll hang it in the kitchen and use it (I know Jon likes to say I don’t cook, but it does happen once in a while) and when I do, I’ll imagine our country as the place where everyone really is equal and John Lewis is as well known as George Washington.