|STOCKING THE SEWING ROOM
I grew up in the inner city where a lot of times there was need, but always love. I don't lament growing up in that way, for as Stevie Wonder wrote in one of his songs, "God knew exactly where He wanted you to be placed." One of the deep lessons I learned from growing up in that way was that you cannot have everything you want all the time, but you can have some of the things you want some of the time. What follows from that is, you just need to apply strategy.
During my growing up period, my father kept a glass jar filled with coins in his tool shed. He used to say, in his unschooled way, "Take care of the little money (coins). The big money will take care of itself." He always had several jars loaded to the brim with coins. They stood discretely in a dark corner of the shed. It was our secret. That money came in handy several times. It was always given freely and lovingly to me, a ghetto girl, wanting things as any young girl wants things.
The glass jar philosophy, if I may call it that, can apply to stocking the sewing room when times are lean. During my salad days, while building the lovely future my family has now, I was unable to purchase duplicate sewing items (two magnetic pin holders, two pairs of scissors, etc.) when I felt I needed them. At times, the item was just expensive to purchase. However, patience, that seems to always rule the day, was the strategy I used.
Walking in my father's footsteps, I kept a glass jar in my sewing room (then, just a corner of the balcony with the ironing board in another room) where I dropped in "little money". When it accumulated to "big money", I used it to buy sewing things on my trips home to the United States. For the relatively expensive things, I would buy these happily, one at a time, leaving the rest for another day. It gave me something to look forward to, which is another way of having hope in your life.
Yes, patience wins the day. The glass jar has been gone for a long time now, but a great lesson learned still remains. Thank you, Daddy. Rest in peace.