I woke up with the words Covid Christmas in my head. I knew they belonged to my Corona Kimono.
Little by little pieces of the image became clear in my mind. A Christmas tree with Covid 19 Vaccines tied with a bow. Dr. Fauci, the angel on top of the tree, and Joe Biden’s Covid Taskforce, their names like the kids on Santa’s list.
In my mind, the list flowed like ribbon candy next to the tree, Anthony Fauci’s face grew angel wings and the vaccines took the place of candles on the tree.
Once in my studio, I did a rough drawing. But stitching on the sleeve of the Kimono is difficult. It opens on the wrong side to put the image right side up. And the sleeve is too small to stretch over the flat base of my free-motion sewing machine.
So I had to take the base off, which only allows me to see a few inches of the surface I’m sewing on. This makes it’s impossible for me to sew large images freehand. So I drew the tree with a white pencil before stitching it and traced over the drawing I made of Dr. Fauci’s face to make sure I got it just right.
I listed the first names of the people on Biden’s Taskforce.
At 2:30 Fate plopped her head on my knee, trying to convince me it was time to feed the animals. “Not yet,” I told her. I still have a half-hour and more work to do.”
Once I fill in the back of the left sleeve, I’ll only have the front edging to do.
I’ve been looking at my Corona Kimono for so long I don’t even know what it looks like anymore. But when I look at my first drawing from April, I can still remember the fear I felt of now knowing what would happen.
And now there’s a vaccine.
My friend and poet Jackie Thorne, who is also a nurse, got the first part of the vaccine this week. For her, it had the same effect as a Tetanus shot. A little pain at the site.
This is probably my last entry on my Corona Kimono for the year. And I’m feeling pretty hopeful.
You can follow my work on my Corona Kimono back to the beginning here.