Friday, June 03, 2011

little old ladies


For the past several weeks, my daughter Adelaide has been quizzing me daily on our future together.

"Mama, will we always be friends?"
"Even when we're old ladies with grey hair - will we still be together?"
"Mama, will I always be with you?"
"When we're little old ladies, can we make quilts together, all day long?"

In my heart I know that my little girl will grow up and away from me, and find her own place in this world. And I love teaching her, showing her, and encouraging her to do so, a little bit more and more away from me each day. I so look forward to witnessing who she will become and all that she can accomplish.

But I must admit that the thought of Addie and I - still together as little grey-haired old ladies, collaborating on quilts all day long - is a little guilty pleasure!

40 comments:

Stefie said...

The relationship that you have with your daughter is so precious--I love reading about your adventures together! I hope one day I'll have a similar relationship with my daughter when it's my turn to become a mother :)

Jennifer Seales said...

That is so sweet!

PS I love your blog Sharilyn! Lovely is so apt :)

Joan said...

Although you can never predict the future or know who any of our children will become...I'd say, almost without doubt, that you and Adelaide will remain close...I can see you as little old ladies sitting at the quilt frame enjoying one another's company...such a sweet thought, eh?

Joey said...

Adelaide has such a beautiful smile!
I too hope to be doing anything creative with my girl until we are both old ladies! Boy, that's a funny thought now, her an old lady!? ;o)
~ joey ~

Ana Degenaar said...

She's so beautiful and fun! Just like my sidekick.

Geschwisterherz said...

....your daughter is very cute.

Greetings from Switzerland...Katja

Robin + Judith said...

There's a mother-daughter pair in my knitting class and they quilt. It could happen!
—Robin

Anne-Marie said...

It does happen! I have three girls and two boys, all grown now....boohoo....and my youngest daughter quilts once a week with me....not that either of us are at the gray hair stage yet, though, lol! We help each other, swap blocks, save scraps for each other....you have a LOT to look forward to!

sohappydesign said...

Hello Sharilyn,
I only recently came across your blog...and boy am I glad I did! I started from your latest entry and worked my way back to the very beginning. You are such a talented artist and craftsperson, and an amazing Mama to boot! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, dreams and fabulous craft ideas with us. As a mum of two boys under 5, I often struggle to balance my need to spend time with my children and time to fulfil my own creative desires, so much so that I realise I have lost touch with my most important creations (my precious boys!)...reading your blog has inspired me to get my relationship back on track with them, and that spending time with my children and doing crafty activities need not be mutually exclusive!
Keep doing what you do girl!
Love and blessings to you and your beautiful family.
xox

catie said...

such sweetness.
i will be very interested to see what lovelyedesigns you little grey-haired ladies create together ♥

Rosa @ Flutter Flutter said...

I try and enjoy every moment, because I know that the cuddles and hugs are not always going to be so freely given.

Jinnie said...

What a sweet little girl..
I used to tell my mom when I was little, how I would always live with her in the same house even when I grow up. How happy she must have felt and also a little sad.. Now I live half way across the country from her, and your beautiful story reminded me how much I miss her. Thank you.

AmieeAya said...

So interesting, your post and these comments. I have had these thoughts too, watching my only boy grow up so quickly. It used to make me so sad that if we both were blessed enough to grow old, I would never see my little boy as a very old man... Even now I could get sad about it. And to think I never really wanted children! It is a love that is beyond all comprehension. The things they say just makes your heart jump in your chest like a fish caught on a line...

marikobrown said...

I've been waiting for this smile!
Oh, how much she loves you...
I'm thrilled for her future, too.
Thanks for sharing.

Casey said...

What a little sweetie! I remember saying the same things to my mother when I was small. While we don't live together like I said we would, we are still pretty close. I always call her to chat about new craft project ideas and pretty much everything else. She's been in Germany for two weeks on a trip and I miss our phone calls!

April said...

It's at about this age that kids start to ponder the future, particularly if someone they know (human, pet, etc.) has died or moved very far away.

Her sweet comments are proof that she loves you!

giu said...

So sweet

Giulia from Italy

anamanzana said...

Reminds me of when my daughter was very young and asking me if she could live with me forever and ever. I said, "of course you can" and my husband said, "now, wait a minute!"
Now she is married.

Jess said...

So sweet.
And by that post alone I have shuffled you into my short list of blogs I check daily.
What a cutie.
I love that she has the little old lady cardigan down :)

Rhonda said...

It does happen!
My oldest daughter is 27 yrs. old. and we sew together! She has 3 girls and one on the way ( another little girl) and I have 2 younger gilrs 5 1/2 yrs.old and 20 mos.old. Our children play together, and this week Us mamas are sewing a tent for our girls! It's funny, My oldest daughter always told me that she was going to live next door to me. Well she doesn't live nxt door, but we do live in the same town! I love it!

Blessings,
Rhonda

DianneCS said...

too cute for words!

wakako said...

aw... this post makes me teary. My (one week away from 1 year old) daughter is starting to gain more autonomy these days. It is little sad to see her grow so fast at the same time I am so excited to see her becoming her own person... a feeling I never knew before I became a mother... Thank you so much for sharing your moments:)

xo
-wakako

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Carolyn said...

What a little sweetie! Too cute for words! So sweet.

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alisonc said...

It could happen! Once my mom starting chatting with two charming old ladies at a restaurant. She thought they were sisters, but they were mother and daughter.

katecreate said...

This post is adorable. You have such a great daughter who is going to grow up to be a strong and confident woman.

Anonymous said...

There's nothing wrong with thinking that. My mother in law and her mother spend a lot of time together crafting AND quilting! After she has established her individuality, I think you'll discover a relationship even deeper than the one you enjoy with her now.

henzy said...

Aww.. she is so precious.

Stina G said...

That is the sweetest, most heart-warming thing I have read in awhile. Thank you for sharing :)

Andrea said...

That is so so sweet, and might not be just a fantasy. I always love when I see an older mother and daughter at the grocery store together

kate / tinywarbler said...

oh, i love this. such adorable questions!

Agata said...

What a beautiful blog, I’m here for the firs time! You are so talented and happy women! My almost 5 year old son want to already move out and race a motor! ;-D I hope he will give me a ride one day ;-) mum relationships with a daughter is so different, than with a boy.
Greetings from Rotterdam. Agata

Floppetiflopp said...

You write so beautifully about your relationship with your daugther. My heart warms up everytime I read your blog.

Laura Gaskill said...

Wow, I just happened across your blog just now and couldn't leave! Your words in this post made my heart skip a beat - my baby boy is turning 1 year old on Wednesday, and already I feel like the time is flying by! To be old and gray together, sitting and crafting quilts...could there be a more perfect image in this world? I think not :) Thanks for inspiring me today, I will definitely be coming back, xo Laura

A Mountain Momma said...

SO cute. Ella asks me if she will always live with me. She assures me that when she is a mommy she will live next door.

Judy said...

I love this! My daughter is 39 and I am 55. When she turned thirty I could not believe I was old enough to have a 30-year-old child. Then I laughed and told her, "When you are 40, I will be 56, and when you are 50, I will be 66, when you are 60, I will be 76, and eventually we will be little old ladies together!" She is one of my best friends!

Tasha said...

I love what you posted. It's so touching. I've a 5 year old daughter. Time flies! I love the relationship between us! Hope it remains and even grows stronger even when she turns 25 and I'll b 55!!

Marina F. said...

You brought tears to my eyes, Sharilyn. I have two wonderful little boys and we enjoy enjoy being together either by doing crafts or reading or playing silly. At times I wish for them to to stay three and one years old for just a little longer. Keep enjoying and treasuring these special moments with Adelaide.

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