Head of the Class
by Marcia Barker, Director of Education for Quilts, Inc.
The Care, the Share, and a Hare...
What did you notice first in that photo—the pink tutu? The bunny? Did you blink twice to make sure that the bunny was, most definitely, IN the shower?
Well yes, it's actually not an unusual sight at my daughter's home, although one best announced to guests as they arrive, since this is the guest bath and more than one puzzled expression has emerged from that room when left to wonder.
But as the relentless summer heat takes its firm grip on Texas each year, my daughter has made it a practice to let her family's bunny wait it out in the comfort of the cool tile, straw bedding, and frequent visitors. For those of you into logistics, yes, there is duct tape over the drain and a disposable litter box in reach. For those of you into cute kids and animals, well, need I say more? And for those of you looking for a quilting reference, ummm, hang on, I'm getting there...
I would guess that many of you are in a similar age bracket as I, meaning old enough to have a second generation of pink tutus running around. I admit that there are days when I feel like a poster child for the "sandwich generation" with a toddler car seat in the back seat and a wheelchair in the trunk.
Truth is, that means that I'm also perfectly positioned to be a creative conduit between these two generations—to pass on not only the family stories, but the creative pastimes and passions that have been important to my mother and adapt them to my granddaughter. Those kinds of pursuits bring joy, accomplishment, and best of all, togetherness. So, bring on the doodling, sewing, embellishing, cooking, or crafting! Crush those generation gaps with a shared project. And if it involves fabric and quilting—well, all the better!
Even if you are young enough to still be working on the first set of pink tutus, we, the adults in the room, all know that in the eyes of those youngsters, the years in which we are considered cool and fun and the center of their universe are numbered.
We've gotta grab those moments and make them count. So, I invite you all to join me at the corner of "Share and Care," where families meet to do their thing and where creativity finds direction. Be that conduit. Make that connection. Share your talents to create that "first quilt" that is rich with memories that can span entire lifetimes.
And as for the hare—well, that's purely optional. Duct tape and straw not included. And here's a glimpse of the other half of my life's sandwich...now 90 years young.