Over at one of my favourite blogs, assortment, Carmella runs a weekly series called "Do what you can with what you have" and it's all about contentment and resourcefulness. Here is my addition to the series.
We sit around the old table, covered in strips of fabric, and we talk. As we pick up piece after piece, to tie together or to braid into a string, we share stories and memories and opinions. Outside, voices pass down the narrow cobblestone lane, climbing up the hill behind the house. Inside, we sit bent over our work, meter by meter. Sheets become strip, which become braids, that turn into garlands for the party on the weekend. We chuckle over anecdotes, and smile over stories. We pick up another piece and let the minutes flow by. It is the age old rhythm, treasured through history, of sitting and crafting and talking. As we get up, packing up the garlands and sweeping up the remains, we are quietly content. The work is done, the stories are shared, and our relationship has become stronger. Old has become new. Do what you can with what you have.