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For Lima Bean on the First Day of High School

August 27, 2014


You are the oldest and so we learn together. We have had our share of difficult moments and moments of boundless love.  As you go to high school I want you to always have reminders of that love. Reminders that under, around, behind, and through all of the rough times, that love is strong.

I am a beginning quilter. You get the learning end of that too.


Notice the ripples and pin-tucks across the back and notice the places where the seam is aligned well. Some days come together smoothly, others get a little wrinkly. And still there is love.


Notice the corners and binding spots I got wrong and where I learned to do it better. You will make mistakes. Keep trying. Love will still be here. Love yourself through it.


There is a place along the front where my seam allowance was too small and I ended up with a little tear threatening to become much bigger. I mended it with bright green thread. You will get hurt. You will hurt others. The scars may show. Love first and as soon as possible before the tears get too large. We will love you too.

I found guidance from a multitude of people as I made this quilt.  Know your resources. Gather them around you and nurture those relationships. You are loved by so many more people than just your parents.


You will possibly use this quilt as an emergency napkin or tissue.  It’s all right – you can wash it. Take care of yourself. Be gentle with your spirit. You will do the wrong things sometimes. Clean up and keep loving. Allow yourself to be loved.

Notice that even with the wrinkles and knobby corners and already mended spots that the quilt will still cover you and keep you warm. It does what it is made to do. Even after rough days, mistakes, hurts, and a little dirt you can do what you are here to do. Find it. Live it. Love always.



PS – Now give it back so I can finish the binding!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2014 6:49 pm

    Nicely written, Mama! To the beautiful young woman she is and will continue to become!

  2. September 8, 2014 9:11 am

    Every time I read this and see the quilt pics, tears come to my eyes. I wish my Mother could have spoken / written to me like that. I wish I could have spoken / written that way to my children. I thought those thoughts. I think those thoughts. Thank you for expressing them.

    • September 8, 2014 10:49 am

      Thank you. I am not always good at expressing these things either. Keep trying!

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