by Linda Mose Meadows
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964), Former Prime Minister of India
I have been searching high and low for my wooden cigar box of sewing tools. It has mysteriously disappeared and I am trying hard not to be upset. It had an array of outstanding colorful threads and sewing supplies that would take a year or more to acquire again. I enjoyed discovering this gem during one of my thrift store hunts and when I initially gazed upon it – an ordinary wood box among a cluttered shelf of figurines, cosmetics, candles and dishes – my curiosity begged me to open it! The contents were startling. This disguised treasure chest contained unsuspecting contents so beautifully assembled, it appeared like an ornate tapestry.
I am not the world’s best seamstress, and it’s no secret that now I need help threading a needle. I remember Grandmama Rita who would occasionally alter a garment. If I was visiting she’d say, “Here, thread this needle for me.” I’d say, “Grandmama, I’ve got 20/20 vision.” We would laugh and she’d caution me that it wouldn’t always be so easy for me to see. Little did I know that one day I too would be in the same predicament–needing help.