I’m still temporarily out of work but I’m actually busier now than I was when I was working. Early in the morning I get up to pick my sister up from work. When I get home, before the kids wake up I begin sewing masks. My kids have no sort of schedule right now, I let them sleep in every day. They wake up when they’re ready to. My youngest usually comes rushing down within an hour or so after I get up. A few times he has slept until about nine in the morning but typically he is awake before eight. He and I spend some quiet time alone, reading or talking. Then he starts on his school work and I sew some more. If I have to run my daughter to work, I do that. I take breaks to spend time with my kids but Wyatt will come help me sew. He removes the pins, snips the threads, he’s learning to iron, and is about ready to start sewing. We are enjoying our time together.
This past week while I was on my grocery trip I saw scrapbooking kits on clearance for five dollars! I was excited because I was looking for something for the kids to do and I have recently acquired several hundred photos, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards, and other important memorabilia. I purchased several of these kits along with some extra scrapbooking materials. I see future gifts getting ready to be made!!
Last night I started on a gift for my parents. Their anniversary is coming up and I am going to fill one of those scrapbooks up for them. I found some old song lyrics my dad had written years ago, I have several photos of them and their life together. I recently learned of a memento my mom kept from their first date. I know where it is and hope that I can figure out a way to get it, make a copy of it, and get it into their scrapbook so its ready before their anniversary. Wouldn’t that be a lovely thing to open and see the first page in the scrapbook would be the thing that started their love story? Maybe when I go to drop off some food for them I can sneak it out of the house so I can make a copy of it. It’s a program from a Christmas concert that my dad took my mom to. Their first date was a daylong event. They went to the concert, went ice skating, and then out to eat at a restaurant I have never heard of. I will be finding the name out and see if I can find a picture of it online to put into the scrapbook for them as well.
I love looking through all of these old papers and photographs. There are so many memories and wonderful feelings that come with it. I’m sure my parents will love this little gift. It isn’t costing much buy my time but it is a labor of love and I know it will be appreciated.
How are you spending your time in isolation?