Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Showers Giveaway! and Patience as a virtue?

Patience is a Virtue?
My mother was a big quipper. I can hear my sister’s exasperated sigh from here. A Quip for every time and every occasion. Upon the three of us having to go to bed early on a Sunday, because Monday was a school day, “Early to bed, early to rise!”  At our chafing to head to the lake while waiting in the grocery line, “Patience is a virtue!” (I don’t know about you, but MY ten year old self silently replied, “what the heck is a virtue and why would I even want one??!”) To the three of us silently grim at the supper table on ‘hamburger casserole’ night because you had to clean your plate before leaving the table, “How can you eat your pudding, if you don’t eat your meat!” Sorry, that was Pink Floyd, to whom my mother bears little to no resemblance.
As a ten year old, I found my mother’s quipping remarkably annoying.  So imagine the smile and thought sent back to her across time and the Continent, when as I have been quilting, and quilting…and quilting (quilting is when you sew all of the layers of a quilt together by sewing all over the entire surface of the quilt) on these projects, I said to myself, “Patience is a Virtue!” and there I was, being virtuous, at last.

Shot cotton and Essex linen pillow

WIPs Bikini quilt as part of
the Bikini Quilt Along HERE, and
Quilt for a loved one who hopefully
will not see this post ;0
So are you happy, now, Mom?
And when I think of Mom, I think about all of the time and planning, and patience and hoping and despairing and love and downright Terminator-like persistence that goes into parenting. And I am grateful. Grateful that as tired as they are, and as hungry, and as worried, and as busy, and overburdened with today’s tasks - that parents continue to persevere against all of the potential tantrums, door slamming, hating and prison sentences, to parent their children towards being loving, caring and giving fellow citizens. You rock, moms and dads!!

“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson

 And now I have to go and finish some work, and smile. Because my son just asked me, “Mom, is it ok if I vacuum the stairs?” And he was never even asked.  “Patience is a Virtue!!!” and it pays off, in the end ;)

Thanks for stopping by!!!
What quips and quotes did your parents use???

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  1. Darn it! don't you hate it when mom is right! great projects I love the patterns and colors!

  2. I really like the Bikini quilt. Curved seams are on my quilty bucket list. My dad was the one for sayings.

    Me : Where are we going?
    Dad: We're going CRAZY!!!

    Me: Dad, know what?
    Dad: Yeah, I know What. He's a little guy about this high. (gesturing height with his hand.)

    Dad changing a tire.
    Me: Whatcha doing?
    Dad: Washing the dishes, what does it look like I'm doing?

    I blame dad for my *smart comments.

  3. The best quote that I totally re-use is 'You could be done with it by now...!" LOL - enjoyed your post and your projects - new follower on bloglovin!