A Stitch in TIme

 I learned to sew as a ten year old at my grandmother’s side one summer. She was a brilliant woman who knew how to knit a sweater and to fashion fancy clothes for my Barbie dolls. She was a stickler for details, and she taught me to sew a button correctly and how to rip out a zipper when I wasn’t careful enough sewing it the first time. As a result of her talents, patience, and time, I not only learned to sew, but was also able to turn her tutelage into some real clothes. I made clothes for myself, bridesmaids dresses for me and my sister, and sundry other items over the years. I don’t sew like I used to but the skills Grandma Ger imparted to me are still present.

So why is it that with the skills I possess, I managed to have a pile of clothes that needed buttons replaced or a hem sewn? With a wild hair this past Saturday, I decided to tackle some of them. I threaded a needle with white thread and in 30 seconds had replaced a button that had make a jacket unwearable. I said aloud to my daughter, “Hmm, all this time, I have put off this task, and it took more time to thread the needle than to fix it.” It started me thinking. How many times do I put off a task that I could easily accomplish if I just dug in and started? After sewing four buttons and fixing the hem on a pair of pants, I was once again aware of my tendency toward procrastination as well as its deleterious effects on me. I have heard it said, “A stitch in time saves nine.” A lesson worth remembering for 2013.

Learner, Thinker, Writer: Maryellen Berry serves the Trinity School community as Upper Learning Department Coordinator. @fastwalker10

2 thoughts on “A Stitch in TIme

  1. I can totally relate! What’s really bad is that I say that to myself when I realize how little time it took and how good it feels to have it done, but end up still putting off that same task later.

  2. Maryellen Berry

    It is so funny that you wrote this. I found another project which has been awaiting repair, and it still isn’t done. Well, I guess I am a slow learner!

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