amanda j

reflective thinking

Posted on: May 28, 2007

My daughter, Purl, turned fourteen today. Fourteen is a lot of years. In four years, she will have been around for half of my life. I have to say, and I acknowledge my bias, she is quite remarkable. Tonight we went to watch her in her first ‘big play’. Drama is a big part of our lives, most of it unscripted! It was amazing to see her on stage tonight – she is a natural! 

It is the first time my parents have been in the same room for some years, and their willingness to be there is testament to Purl. She was fabulous and she has declared “I love being on stage”. I guess we have a lot more theatre ahead of us. Her ‘step’ grandparents were also there to support her – this too is interesting as mostly they prefer to be apart! There we all were. In a row. Mum, me, my actual mother in law, the woman my Dad married (as I was an adult when all this happened I can not use step mother or step father to describe these two. I love them, but they are not my steps), my father, my step mother in law and my father in law. Ah, the modern family. The one thing we had in common was our love and pride in this young woman. It was quite something.

Dad bought Purl a new camera. You might have read about our problems with cameras since Purl dropped our perfectly good Kodak in the creek at camp. Well, now she has her own perfectly good Kodak. I am going to share with you today some of the photos she has taken so far. They are a mixed bunch!

This could explain my problem with getting any real knitting done. I must tidy up.

This is Louis in the foreground, and Mrs Mouse in the back. Louis has taken to jumping up and hanging from the top of the enclosure. She may be bored. I will address this boredom with toilet paper tubes. She loves them. Mrs Mouse just loves the suspended wheel.

This is the money Purl got for her birthday. $150. Holy shmoly. The mind boggles.

And this . . . well this is a sock that is working. I will not talk about it yet. It is not for Sockapalooza. It is for Purl. It is Socks that Rock. In its second incarnation. Toe up with a black toe:

And speaking of Sockapalooza, which I am not, I started another sock last night, did a few pattern repeats and stuffed it up again. I am OVER IT! I will not cast on. I will not obsess. I am a procrastiknitter by nature and all of this trying to get things done early is obviously upsetting the universe.


8 Responses to "reflective thinking"

Give my congrats and best wishes to Purl. My youngest is 14. It is both the most wonderful and the hardest teenage year for girls. Just keep that in mind as you survive the next year.

They need love, and most of the stupid stuff is not deliberate. Makes it hard on the parents, but we are older. And hopefully wiser.

Mine are cleaning today. Not happy, not friendly, but accomplishing something.

Congrats on Purl’s birthday! I am looking forward to getting your letter! You should totally get Skype, then we can also chat online (and of course continue to send letters!). If you get it, add me as a contact – Purlygirl75

It takes a village to raise a child: or a very big extended family, and she has certainly repaid the favour with interest. I remember seeing Purl as a baby!! Happy Birthday Purl, I’ll need a signed photo for when you get that Oscar!!!

Happy Birthday to Purl. You sound justifiably proud – as well you should be, you raised her!

Forget the sock, it will happen when it’s ready! 🙂

BTW, what hard-wearing sock yarn do you recommend? and where do you get it?


Happy Birthday Purl!

Happy birth-day to you, too. 🙂

Happy Birthday to Purl!!!

And I spy some Patter there with the Buggy wool! lol


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