I was washing the dishes, mentally making a to-do list for the day, and watching Memi, Boo and Caillou, who were having a pretend tea party.
Caillou was asking Memi to pour tea from her cup into his, and he was getting quite frustrated with the lack of tea-pouring.
Memi spoke up:
“I can’t fill your cup when my cup is empty! I need to fill my cup first.”
I looked at the dishes and the long to-do list, and I thought that really, that was the wisest thing I had heard all day.
Behind the dishes, in my knitting basket, I spotted a ball of alpaca wool I had picked up a little while ago, and so I decided to fill my cup, all of our cups, to forget about the dishes and anything else on that to-do list, and just have a slow and happy day.
I pulled out a handful of new books I had put aside for moments just like these, and we read while I knit, helpful little hands turning pages while I added row after row to one of my favourite patterns.
I knit through the morning while the little ones coloured and did crafts,
I added a row or two while Memi read her books nearby,
and stitch by stitch the ball of wool grew smaller and my project grew larger.
I added a few stitches here or there between countless cups of tea and boardgames,
and fit in a few rows while planning our Autumn curriculum.
There is a part in the pattern where you have to snip off the thread. I carefully cut it, but I must have looked worried, because Memi gave me a quizzical look.
“Snipping the thread is so scary to me, because once you cut it there is no going back“, I explained.
Memi crinkled her nose and gave it some thought: “Unless you just tie it back together, Mama.“, she said and skipped away.
Mh, yes. There is always that. More unexpected wisdom, nothing is really ever the end.
I knit through cooking dinner, through after-dinner story time, and then, just when it was starting to get dark outside, it was done.
A little gnome friend, stuffed with wool and lavender just in time for bedtime stories.
(This little gnome is a pattern I used to knit a lot while I was pregnant with Caillou. It is my go-to quick knit, a pattern simple enough to know by heart and knit around a happy day spent with little ones.)