In-laws change a family. As with all change, you have a choice: wring your hands over what used to be, or celebrate the gifts of new family members. We have a lot to celebrate.
Anna’s husband Robert has made noises about learning to knit for years. Anna planted an idea in her two sisters’ heads (the family knitters), and they presented Robert with a knitting bag and complete starter kit for Christmas. Today and yesterday Nellie helped Robert get started. There were slips, overages, dropped stitches, all mysterious to me. Jonathan’s mom was the source of my daughter’s knitting lessons. Now they make amazing, complex, cabled, zippered, hooded things for dogs and people. I am awed.
Now Nellie is passing along Nana’s lessons to her sister’s husband, expanding in-law ripples in the pond. I loved seeing the patience and laughter exchanged between Robert and Nellie, puzzling over his slow-growing swatch. Those guys are like brother and sister, I thought. How cool is that?
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 125: 163 words, TOTAL = 20,579; 39,421 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.