“Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”
― Elizabeth Zimmermann
I've been knitting, in fact I have been crafting a lot lately, similar to yoga, I find the practice centering… On the other hand, Elijah, my [kind of] willing model of the creative outcomes, seems to find this time as an opportunity to express his uncensored spirit… and this I should say, is quite okay with me. xx
Here's a bit of honesty - I told myself that I'd never buy billions of (clearly girl-targeted) princess things for my daughters. I would never shop in the pink, gender appropriate store aisles and would only have a small collection of sustainable wooden toys. It's unavoidable. Toy accumulation happens. Princess happens. My daughter is the coolest girl on the planet, though. She appreciates all things pink, yet is completely fascinated by trucks and Captain America and her Papa's video games; children are blissfully oblivious to society's standards.
This past week we've been on a little family holiday in the country. We decided that in order to be completely together, we would 'switch off' for the time we were away. And so it was that watching TV was replaced with reading books, playing ipad games exchanged for doing puzzles, mountains of toys were traded for a just small handful + big imaginations. The normality of everyone off in various places – school, work - was put on hold and momentarily relieved for long walks together then warming up by the fireside.
A time to be together, even if it's folding washing.
Simple chores for an 8 year old.
“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl