Monday, July 2, 2007

Sweet Serendipity

Serendipity is the effect by which one accidentally discovers something fortunate, especially while looking for something else entirely.

A few weeks back, my lovely son phoned from New York. He is 21 years old and he phoned to let me know that the flannel pillow case I made for him more than 6 years ago has finally passed away. It was literally threadbare the last time I saw it, and quite honestly, I can not believe it made it this long (makes me wonder how many times it actually was washed since last I saw it...). All that being said, he then asks me if I could please make it out of the very same flannel I used the last time? Now, keep in mind that I moved from New York to Florida, and six years have passed! So I explained to my son, as gently as I could, that there was absolutely no way I would ever find that "moose tracks" flannel again. No way.


Cut to this past Saturday morning. I head over to the "End of Month, End of Bolt" sale at my favorite quilt shop, Country Quilts and Bears (30% off if you buy the end of the bolt!). I head straight to the flannel (living in Florida, it wasn't real busy on the flannel side of the store) and I start looking for the bolt with the least amount of fabric on it. I don't care much what the flannel is, and I don't give a single thought to finding the flannel I bought for him all those years ago. It doesn't even enter my mind... until I see this rather thin bolt, and look closer at it because I just can not believe what I am seeing. The EXACT same fabric that I used to make the original pillowcase! I buy it all - without even thinking, and make him two (maybe that will promote more frequent washings).
Serendipity, if you ask me...

11 comments:

Jeanne said...

Won't he be surprised when he receives them! Isn't it great when you know they appreciate the things we make for them.

Kathy Wagner said...

Wonderful job! I know he will love it!

Andrea said...

Some things are just meant to be ! I'm sure he'll be thrilled !

swooze said...

Woohoo!! Serendipity indeed! Yes do keep it secret if you havent already told!

Rose Marie said...

Well, you sure lucked out with this fabric and won't he be surprised when he receives two!

Greenmare said...

man I can't believe I have been so busy that I haven't checked your blog in 8 days! good thing we get along so well huh? ;-)

Greenmare said...

and by the way, those are AWESOME pillow cases!!!

Helen in the UK said...

Sounds like that bolt of fabric was just waiting for you to find it! Hope your son appreciates his new pillowcases :)

Rhonda said...

What a wonderful mother you are!

swooze said...

Hey! Where are you?

Marjean said...

Good post.