A Stitch In Time

Clump #262: Mend Little Star necklace; day twenty of National Blog Posting Month.

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This is a very small clump in size.  But, oh, the weight in mom-guilt.  One of our younger daughter’s favorite books growing up was Little Star, by Mary Packard, illustrated by Carolyn Croll.  The book came with a beaded necklace, just like the necklace featured in the story.  It was so loved that it broke … a few times and in a few places.  So our daughter put it in an envelope for me to mend.  How many years ago was this?  I shudder to think.  The picture she drew on the envelope is a clue:

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This is one of the many sticky items that I couldn’t dispense with quickly the other day.  Do I send up the white flag and throw it out?  Every cell in my body resisted that option.  Give it to the Goodwill?  Possibly, if I could mend it.  I opened the envelope, imagining a pile of loose beads, and realized I had been working on it, and I had only needed a few more stitches to make it whole.  Why couldn’t I have spared that time when she was little?  Ouch!

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I wondered whether we still had the book.  Lo and behold, it was in our daughter’s room with books she had brought to read to her young charges at her childcare job this summer.  From the book:

“One day Grandmother Gray Feather presented the child with a beaded necklace that she had made herself.  In its center was a little star.  ‘Keep this with you always, Little Star,’ she said, ‘and your fondest wish will come true.  Just remember to make your wish wisely,’ added Grandmother.  ‘Do not waste it, for there may come a day when you will need it.'”

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Sincere apologies to my little star.  I know just where to put the necklace now.  It’s resting snug in the book,

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waiting to make a fond wish come true.