Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back on Track

Wait! What? Really? Yes!

I've stitched a flippin' small.

But it wasn't until I started stitching those black dots until I realized I've stitched this one before. Seriously, what has happened to my brain? Fortunately, I gave it away to my friend Lee so I needed a replacement. I changed the color yellow that I used, which I am happy with but now that I look back at the old one, I wish I had used those greens. It's love enough, and I am so pleased to be back on track with this SAL!

While I stitched this, I was thinking about something I saw on Humans of New York. A Jewish man had escaped Kristallnacht only to end up in the Philippines being attacked by the Japanese. I think what I like so much about HONY is the way it shows us the extraordinary of everyday people. Then I started thinking about a story I heard about Philadelphia Futures, a mentorship program for Philadelphia youth. A woman was talking about what her mentor meant to her. She was a junior in high school when her mother took her youngest sister on vacation and ended up abandoning her and her other sister. The interviewee started working so she and her sister could stay in their house. She had trouble her first year or so in college (ya think?) and ended up dropping out, but with the help of her mentor she is still working and back in college. So I guess the thing is we all have to remember that every has a story, you know. And we don't know it just by looking at them or studying history or statistics. Which is probably a lot heavier thoughts that this little stitch deserves!

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13 comments:

Thoeria said...

Yay!! A small! Great going Nikki!

The story of kids raising kids is sadly a very common one here in SA - so many kids are left without parents due to AIDS that there are often households headed by the eldest surviving child who is just that - a child at High School, not even college! It's good that there a programmes that help kids to get their childhood back (to some degree)

Pamela said...

Great finish! I have to smile about your stitching this twice because it sounds all too familiar.

Frances N said...

Cute small and love the colors!

Deanne J said...

Very cute, love the colours you chose.

Sandy In Montana said...

Such a cute small.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

That's a cutie patootie! And you are so right...I try to remember that myself, no matter what people look like, or how they "come off" you never know the road they've walked...good lesson...thanks for reminding me :)

Margaret said...

Like the finish! I like that -- the moral of the story indeed.

Beth said...

I've been enjoying Humans of New York too. Hey, at least you ended up stitching this for yourself this time.

Linda said...

Congrats on the cute finish Nikki.

Linda

Lee said...

Are you making this for yourself? Because I use mine constantly! And I think of you every time I wear it.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congratulations on getting back on the wagon train!

I don't know that programme but do enjoy hearing about ordinary people's lives. No-one really knows what goes on in behind closed doors.

Heather said...

Yay! It looks great.

I really love HONY too. It is a great reminder that everyone out there has a story, and we are all people not just faces and bodies.

Julie said...

It's lovely! I love the colors in it. :)