Sunday, July 26, 2009

Unexpected Pleasures

Last week my husband had a business trip in the Bay Area, and since I was on vacation, I got to go with him. I figured I would go shopping while he was at work and drive around. I have a cousin that lives in the same town as where we stayed, so I decided to give her a call. My cousin is a few years older than I am, so growing up we didn't really get together very much. Her mother and my father were brother and sister. Since my aunt and my dad were pretty close, I did get to see this cousin once in a while as adults, but we never really got to know each other that well, although I have always liked her a lot. Well, we are both in our 50s now, but as I was on my way over to visit her, I wondered what we would have in common. We've never really had the opportunity to just sit and talk with just the two of us. When I got to her house, which I knew would be very cool, and it was, she started to show me her kitchen which had been recently remodeled. As we talked about the process, she mentioned something about her "sewing room". As you can imagine, my ears perked up. After a while, I said, "I want to see your sewing room." Well, I think we passed the next few hours just sitting in there and talking about all things sewing. It was so fun to find out that we had so much in common. In addition to sewing, we found out many other things that we have in common, but the sewing gave us an avenue of conversation.

She is so fortunate to live where so much is available to her. In addition to all of the wonderful fabric stores the SF Bay Area has to offer, there is also a plethora of fabulous sewing instructors. She is attending the design/fashion program at a local college and I got to see all of her samples from all of her classes. I would love to be able to take some real-life (as opposed to on-line) sewing classes and workshops like tailoring, pattern drafting, draping, etc. From the sample I saw, her worksmanship is very good and she also has a good eye for design. I hope we get to get together again soon and spend more time together.

6 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What fun this must have been for both of you!

gail said...

how fun! i'm so glad you found alot in common with your cousin and had a wonderful time chatting about sewing.

Linda T said...

Oh how neat! Hopefully, this will be the first of many visits with your cousin!

Sue said...

How wonderful to find some common ground! It sounds like a lovely visit!

Nancy (nanflan) said...

What a great discovery! Perhaps you could visit your cousin and take a class together!

Lindsay T said...

I was just looking at the FIT fall catalog of classes before I read your post. Yes, me too, I think taking more classes with live instructors would be a very good thing. Cool about your cousin.