There is a giant pile of burlap in my basement that I collected from a random source of authentic South American coffee bean bags. And it sits there, taunting me to make things with it. I have a thing for banners. I just love them. And I have a thing for burlap. I just want to make stuff with it.
So here we have, a last minute Thankful banner made from felt, scrap fabrics braided together as rope and …. burlap. It was just one of those things I felt like I needed to make. I needed to get my hands on something crafty, draw out letters, cut fabric and sew — there was just something therapeutic about it. The music was cranked up. And for 90 minutes I started with an idea and ended with something I myself was thankful for – that quick opportunity to start and finish something.
The girls were at school so it was uninterrupted bliss, sitting in my kitchen with the sunlight pouring down on me. The piles of life, here and there scattered around the house, sat still. Being ignored.
The banner ended up finding a home hanging up in my middle daughter’s classroom, as a decoration for their Thanksgiving parent breakfast. It was a perfect place.
I am very thankful for the enriching and loving experience my children gain at school, and then for every second after school when I am so happy to scoop them up into my arms and heart. I’m thankful for the times my girls spend there, and even more so for the times I miss them which makes me love them even more.
I love that my homemade banner hangs in my daughter’s classroom, serving her with a little reminder from home, and a piece of me. And then, when my toddler enters that class next year she too will enjoy it hanging there during this thankful season, for the three years she’ll enjoy this very same classroom with the very same teachers.
Since it was a parent breakfast, and that I should be including myself in more of life’s pictures with my daughters, here are some parent shots of my girls choosing lessons at their Thanksgiving breakfasts. My oldest daughter’s Thanksgiving event is next week, where the students bake deserts for the parents and invite us into their classroom. I can’t wait!