Stitching Together a Trip

The Green’s were getting ready to go on a trip, but first Mrs. Green had a project to do. The Sewing machine sat on the dining room table. She had yards and yards of green, ruby, and purple fabric floating all around her. Mrs. Green knew what she looked good in and jewel tones complimented her beautifully. The bright colored fabric billowed from every dining room chair and scraps sat on the floor to discard later with long strands of thread. On each wrist she wore a pincushion bracelet. Around her neck was a measuring tape necklace. Her hair was in rare form with more of a mind of it’s own than usual. It seemed to sense the buzz within her and curl more rebelliously than ever. She ran her fingers through her wavy curls while working through the creative process.


Mrs. Green had a picture in her head of how she wanted to look on this trip, and she was creating as she went along. Sometimes the things she bought in the store made her feel dowdy and dowdy was not in Mrs. Green’s repertoire. The stores did not carry vintage, glamour, so Mrs. Green was going to create the look she wanted herself. She felt strongly that if you were going to a beautiful place you should do your best to look beautiful as well, that way you were free to enjoy your surroundings and those you met and not concentrate on yourself. She didn’t want to be like the models in the magazines. She just wanted to be the best version of herself.

She was so deep in her project, she forgot about breakfast. Mr. Green knew to leave her alone. He had learned over the years to let Mrs. Green create at will and not distract her. Around noon He put a sandwich on the counter and went upstairs to pack. Sylvia came over late in the afternoon to help with hemming. Sue stopped in and watched and learned all she could.  Ampersand turned around three times, sighed heavily, and made himself comfortable in a pile of scraps and thread under the table. He dozed in and out all afternoon to the hum of the sewing machine.

Copyright Terri Neagle Donaldson 2015

Terri Neagle Donaldson and Stressfreestories, 2015. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Terri Neagle Donaldson and Stressfreestories with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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