Wednesday, August 10, 2011

What Wednesdays mean to me

Wednesdays have become a very special time for me. My daughter, Katie, is off for the summer from grad school. Oh, she has a part time job at a running shoe store, but we have had some time to get together and just be. 

You parents out there know what I am talking about when I say that we have had our rocky times. There was a time when I felt a failure as a mother.

But, I digress. Wednesday is our "Sweet Tomatoes" Day. "Sweet Tomatoes" is an almost vegetarian restaurant, with a serve yourself buffet of  salad, soups, pasta, breads and low calorie desserts. It has become our habit on Wednesday.

Katie is making a crocheted handbag for her best friend, Tara.

But today, we collected our coupons for Joann's, a craft store, and headed out. Katie has become interested in crocheting, something that I like to do also.

So after buying her supplies and having lunch, we headed home to try our hand. Both of us sat in companionable silence as we chained the number.of stitches needed for our pattern. How happy and content we both were, sharing a common interest. Just like I always dreamed.

Both of us had to rip out our work several times. And it occurred to me: Wouldn't it be nice if we could do the same to the mistakes that we make in life; just rip it out and start over?

Here is my beginning of a scarf. I will let you know if it turns out.

Here is a cute bag that I got Katie to hold her projects. And I hope there will be many.

Blessings to you all, my blogger friends!


lisa said...

What a wonderful post this is Charlotte. As a parent of a 23-year-old daughter and a 22-year-old son, I know just what you mean. My son has been so easy, but it was not the case with my daughter. I have learned that you just need to be there and love them even when they are at their least lovable! :-)

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hootnonny said...

Charlotte, so glad you and Katie are enjoying your special Wednesdays and sharing a hobby. Can't wait to see the finished products!

Theresa said...

Crocheting together in the restaurant sounds perfect! I do wish that life was like taking out our mistakes and starting over... wait a minute, it is! I make enough to know that I am blessed to be able to have "do overs" on a regular basis. I think that's why the phrase "I'm sorry" was created. Enjoy the last of the summer visiting and crocheting! t.xoxoxo

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

What a lovely post and daughter too. Life can have its ups and downs trying to find that happy medium and it looks like you all found yours. Love the bag you bought her, Got to have me one of those.

I look for your posting later about your scarf!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Charlotte, this truly warmed my heart. There is nothing that makes my heart happier than special times with my children. Your daughter is a beautiful girl!! You must be so proud of all her accomplishments, too.

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Sometimes you just have to wait until they grow into the relationship you always wanted. Wise words, Charlotte. :)

Barbara said...

Oh, I would truly like to rip out some parts and start over! Thanks for giving me hope that rocky times can smooth out over time! (I already knew it, but like to hear evidence of it, all the same!)

Bobbie said...

Charlotte...Just stopped by to say thank you for leaving such a sweet comment and got caught up in your precious postings. What a beautiful daughter, you must be so proud of her. I also cherish the hours spent with my grown daughter..they are to few and far between. I wish we had a "Sweet Tomatoes" in our area it sounds yummy!! Have a great weekend.

Desire Empire said...

Katie looks beautiful and to have the best part of her life ahead of her is such a blessing.

Motherhood is a relentless task but when it's good you can't beat that feeling I think.

I am having my first giveaway and with only three entrants there's a good chance of winning so come over and enter.
Have a great weekend
Best Carolyn

Anonymous said...

What a sweet story. My daughter went away to college 14 years ago. She is in her final year of her fellowship. I don't get to see her often enough and then it's for such a short time.
You can always rip those life mistakes out - we're all human, we all make mistakes. You sound like a wonderful mother and friend.
Blessings to you.

Amish Stories said...

Hope your having a very nice weekend. Richard

Carole said...

Sweet Tomatoes sounds like my kind of restaurant. There are no vegetarian rest. near hoo.
Your daughter is lovely. Sounds like knitting is your new bonding craft. I'm so glad my mom taught me to knit. I still think of her everytime I pick up the needles.


ElisabethAndrée said...

Hello Charlotte,
Your blog looks very nice:) Good of you to crochet together, your scarf looks promising. And yes, life would be easier - much easier - if your could rip out your mistakes.

Linda R. said...

How cool is that.. What a special time you two have.

Bead and Needle said...

Charlotte, you and I seem to have quite a bit in common - I know I'm going to enjoy "kicking" around your blog! A gorgeous daughter...Sweet Tomatoes...Joanns...crocheting - bet there's more. Happy Monday off to read some older posts...Tanya