We celebrated by having pizza last Friday. The Hawaiian quilt is finished! We just began work on a lovely new quilt that contains colors of spring. The pale but vibrant greens and the lilac prints are so much easier to sew on then the other quilt. There have also been a few younger women who dropped by, learning the basics of hand quilting. Their energy and ideas are a welcomed addition. It is a good exchange as they learn the sewing techniques and listen to advice offered by the older women. We listen to them describe their children’s activities, their own struggles to find a place in the community.
Its an excellent reminder of the interconnectedness of generations. I suspect it might be harder to experience this in urban areas, although I could be wrong. But here in a town with just over a thousand inhabitants, paths cross frequently regardless of age. Some of the quilters also help with Friends of the Library. Katie, a young mother who volunteers with that library group, stops by with her children to pick up a key from Joan. Her children come in close to look at the quilt, to watch the sewing. Bev shares photos and stories of her new grandchildren with us. Mary Louise is catching a ride later in the day to watch her great-grandson, a high school student, wrestle. Jan, a fairly new person in our community stops by around noon. We offer her pizza and she asks about the history of the valley, filling in gaps left by her reading.
There is value in having cross-pollination of generations. Everyone benefits. Young people gain a sense of history as well as the perspective offered by a long life. The elders luxuriate in hearing tales of young ones today, their trials and their joys. There are exchanges about technology and travel, cooking and gardens. Everyone has something to offer. Everyone has something to gain. Although we accomplished a lot this winter, we appreciate the arrival of spring.