If Wren had a more expansive vocabulary I'd be curious to ask her why she likes this calico tunic that's older than either of her parents. I'm assuming it's the hand-appliqued and embroidered cat detail (per her initial exclamation). As for me, it's the history and love behind this adorable dress.
As soon as I announced my pregnancy a few years back, my mother-in-law began passing along all variety of baby items that Luke's grandmother and great-grandmother had sewn for Luke, his siblings, and other family members. I remember the very first thing she gave us was Luke's own baby blanket made by his grandmother and aunts by hand. I teared up as I looked over the blanket, no doubt due to some combination of first trimester hormones, love of sewing, and amazement that these things had been preserved so thoughtfully for so many years.
|Luke's baby blanket|
|She always packs her backpack with toys and books for car trips. This time she was determined to stuff in as many toy vegetables as possible.|
And in this case I had the privilege to add to the story by mending a hem that has been let-down and sewn-up more times than my mother-in-law can recall. I find that so beautiful. I really think that simple method of extending the life of something (anything!) is so rare to people in my generation. It's something I hope returns to us, becoming more and more inherent in us all.