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Stocking the Sewing Room (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: monijo
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Posted on: 9/11/10 3:13 PM

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.
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NanJones said...
My "glass jar" is my check book. My husband has no idea how much we have it. I round up for check written and round down for deposits. You would be surprised how fast the little coins add up.
9/11/10 11:50 PM
Lizz said...
Beautifully said. My "glass jar" is my PayPal account. I know how much I need in there to pay for items the co-op has ordered and how much I need to run the business, the bits that are left over are my "coins." I use them for the sewing extras I ordinarily couldn't afford.
9/12/10 6:49 AM
elsew said...
A beautifully written suggestion that should be required reading for every elementary age child (and their parents!)
9/12/10 7:31 AM
SandiMacD said...
How refreshing to see this. What a loving way for your dad to pass down a lesson in patience.
9/12/10 7:47 AM
MaryStern said...
Thank you, Monijo, for sharing such a beautiful family story. Best wishes, Mary
9/12/10 8:07 AM
Sharon1952 said...
Your father was a wise man! My "glass jar" at least for sewing is coupons. I never buy an item I need until I have a coupon that can purchase it at 40 - 50% off. Now that I'm older and have all I want and need my "glass jar" gives to others. When I have $25.00 I head to and lend! Thank you for this beautiful story.
9/12/10 8:53 AM
Annie- oh said...
A lovely memoir and inspiration for us, including enjoying what is possible. Thank you, Monijo.
9/12/10 11:32 AM
MNBarb said...
All true, thanks.
9/15/10 12:24 PM

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