Hubby and I were on to our third job of the day last night, it was about 9 p.m. We were dragging, and we stopped to fill the car with gas. I was at the check out counter and my cell rang. It was daughter #2, she was crying and I could hardly understand her. She had passed all her exams! She is now ready to register and she is DONE! All of a sudden two very tired parents got some spring in their step. Hubby had worked all day in the woods for the State, taught 2 violin lessons and then was going to clean two county buildings. (Our side hussle) I had taught a workshop for 5 hours, sewed for 4 hours and on my way to clean buildings with him. We drove home immediately to jump around and congratulate child. We worked very late last night, but it did not matter, because she passed!
Out My Window:
Cool sunny, I bet it is a beautiful day today, I need to get chicken feed. Hope it stays nice through the weekend.
Last night I was reminiscing about our oldest getting her exam results.
Daughter #2 was auditioning for CATS! She was cast as Victoria and I told the director I would make her costume. I ordered a white unitard and painted it with glitter paint to give her the muscle structure of a cat. Then I crocheted on a loom leg and arm warmers that were textured and fuzzy. She had white Jazz boots and I fit these with fur stirrups. Made a collar with pink satin and rhinestones a big bow and had a name tag made. Then I put a pair of panty hose on her head and made a skull cap by cutting off the legs, then cutting small pieces of white fur into chunks, I hand sewed these all over the cap so it would stretch over her head and still look real. Attach some ears and made a tail I was done! This took a few days. But it was darling.
Director called me a few weeks later and asked me to meet with a costume committee. I said I did not have time as I had 4 shows coming up myself. Please just meet with them you don't have to do a thing. I should have smelled a rat! So I met with this group of women/actors who were showing each other and myself what they wanted to look like. I sat silently for about 20 minutes, (hard for me) then told them that there ideas were great but impossible as we did not have those products in our little valley and we had no budget. They argued and pouted and stormed. After two hours I asked for a show of hands as to who could sew at the table. Out of nine of us one other than me raised her hand. This woman was a dentist's wife and well out of my league. I said I have to go but I will mark the 15 hardest costume out of the 35 you need to do. Then the other seamstress and I divided that # up and I took 8 and she took 7. So I went home doing 8 very hard cat costumes. Like Rum-Tum Tigger. (foot ball pads covered with fur, yeah that was fun). Any way to make a long story short, I became very good friends with this woman. We shared a lot of laughs and a lot of tears, because in the end the other social butterflies did nothing. Between myself, my new friend and a very talented artist (painter) we created 35 amazing costumes. To say fingers bled from knitting and crocheting is an understatement, as we had less than a month to do this.
Four days before we opened I went to Theater and director was so happy, but same said women had agreed to do about 15 misc. pieces and they were a disaster. I was so tired and so MAD! I took all the crap home and dumped it in the shop and went to bed. The next morning I got up and went downstairs, I looked in the shop and boiled so I told myself that I was going to go on a long 5 mile run so I could calm down. I was three miles in when I remembered that oldest daughter got her exam results posted that morning. I ran home and hit the answering machine button on the shop. Her voice came on SHE PASSED! All of a sudden the costumes did not matter, 7 years of college education was worth it, she was an Attorney, already making more than her dad and I together. I fixed all that crap with Joy in my heart. See it is just a matter of perspective. I will always remember that morning and how my attitude changed.
Has this every happened to you?
Another blessing we sold both of the old cars! Now we have more to put down on car for next and last college bound child!
Have a great and productive day!