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Whimsical Art Epaulets
Shades of Purple, Whimsical Flower Epaulets
When I was a wee thing learning to sew, my mama always said "You want to make the inside as nice as the outside". My mama was a good "life coach". My inside wasn't always as nice as my outside during major life upheavals, but I heard her words when I got down to stitching my life back together. My mama is 90 next month and I am living with her. I've been away on a tiny island or a mountaintop far from her for too long. We're having fun and she's telling me stories I haven't heard, plus all the ones I've heard forever. We've been playing in the backyard, her on the porch potting flowers and I, weeding and preparing a spot for a veggie garden. Something I dreamed of doing, but never had my place long enough or time to tend to it. But I'm on "time out" now and so it goes. It feels good to be "home".
My mama loves my whimsical flower epaulets. Every day after writing a story about them, I wear the pair I've been writing about out to the kitchen, where at the table she sits working her jigsaw puzzle. She slides her glasses down her nose and peers over their rim, to look at me. Her look is serious and intense, as the play of puzzling takes much concentration. When she sees the bouquet on my shoulders though, her eyes light up and her laughter is that of a child.
I haven't shown her these Shades of Purple epaulets yet, because I'm writing, but I know they will be her favorite so far. She loves pinks and purples and frilly and girly, and everything romantic and floral, as much as I do. Maybe more. And she'll be delighted to see that their insides are as nice as the outside.