I spotted this rope in a bin at Home Depot. I had no idea such beautiful rope existed. I uploaded the photo into WordPress right away, and it sat for a year, waiting for inspiration beyond its mere beauty. I’ve been at the end of my rope waiting for an idea to come for a post.
Until last week.
Grandson Mazen reported to his mom that unlike preschool, at a summer camp they don’t have to hold onto a rope when they walk as a group down the hall.
Ah, I thought, lucky Mazen, feeling the independence of walking like the big boys do.
Then Kath added, “But I think he misses it. I think he likes holding onto the rope.”
Our world pushes independence. Women of a certain age are supposed to be brave, bold, empowered.
I felt some of that bravery as I awaited cancer surgery this time last year.
But maybe that’s because I had beautiful ropes to hold onto.
Let’s hear if for the ropes! Thank you one and all.
Although I’ve cried some buckets since my cancer surgery in July (that story to come!), I never shed a tear before I went into the hospital.
In fact, my eyes only welled up with tears once. The morning after I received the diagnosis, I flew to Baltimore to visit my mom on a trip that had been planned for a month.
I stood at baggage claim. I want to tell Mom.
But I knew I wouldn’t. I couldn’t. I didn’t want to drag her through the worry of the surgery and the wait for the pathology report. She’d be too upset.
As soon as I walked into her apartment and the festivities began, I was fine. No way was I going to ruin the fun.
Apron strings. This experience taught me just how strong they are.
I did some digging around, and the expression is usually a negative one.
But not in this case. For me, the airport tears were just a lesson in love.
What about you?
Do you/did you share upsetting news with your mom?
The Fruit Apron: My mom began collecting old things many years ago. The hand-stitched apron above hangs on a quilt rack in my guest room.
After the surgery, I did tell Mom. “I want to tell you a story,” I said, “and it’s got a happy ending.” She took it fairly well, all in all.