My mom found a great yard sale last weekend and brought me home some vintage trim treasures and this beautiful piece of smocking was in the bag. It’s been sitting on my desk for a few days and I keep thinking about how lovingly someone made it—stitch by stitch. It’s like everything we sew—stitch by stitch.
And then I read this quote and thought it was so apropos.
“Just as a little thread of gold, running through a fabric, brightens the whole garment, so women’s work at home, while only the doing of little things, is like the golden gleam of sunlight that runs through and brightens all the fabric of civilization.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder
She is so right. It’s the little things.
I remember a time when I was in middle school coming home from school one day to a bowl full of neatly cut up carrots floating in a big bowl of ice cubes. They were waiting for my sister and brothers and I to get home from school. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t have been a big occurrence, but you see my mom was working full-time then. My dad had lost his job and my mom was supporting us during that school year.
I don’t remember why she was home that day, or even any other circumstances surrounding that occasion—but I remember knowing that by cutting up carrots and putting them in ice water for us—that she was showing her love. It was a little thing. But to me it wasn’t, it was a big thing.
So, for this week my goal is to do a “little things” for each of my kids (and hubby too)–so that they will absolutely know how important they are to me.
I guess I just needed the reminder this week that it isn’t the big things—it’s the little ones that matter.