Sometimes the writer has to take a backseat to being a Grammy. My office space allotment has ample room for my laptop and was designed with plenty of surface area for spreading out notes and research materials. It just does not accommodate a sewing machine and yards of material without a bit of compromise. So when my inner Grammy takes over, the laptop gets shoved aside.
It’s well known in this space that I have an annual appointment with the sewing machine and piles of fuzzy fleece. What started as a single pair of slipper jammies, also known as Grammy jammies, has multiplied into four such outfits fitting little bodies from 10 months to 7 years. And next year already promises to push the total to five. No matter what the number, I press on and rue the day when the older grandchildren start opting out of such cozy comforts.
It feels a bit like an assembly line. Cut, cut, cut. Sew, sew, sew. A zipper here, a cuff there. Gripper feet for all. The outside world hardly exists. All I see is red fleece, goofy reindeer faces and a needle bouncing up and down in rapid motion. I cannot rest until the last piece is in place. The final stitch sewn. It is a labor of love. When I am finished, they come to life – four little visitors inhabiting my couch.I am lucky this year. I found Christmas fleece, which has become a rare commodity. That means an early delivery so that the kiddos can wear them for the run up to the holiday season. When I produced the customary cloth gift bags last weekend, the older ones already knew what must be inside. Kids sure learn fast.
My task complete for now, the laptop has been restored to its place of honor. With this little interlude behind me, my writing resumes. Bits of fuzz and pins linger in my workspace. I smile, looking forward to Christmas when all four grandchildren will pile into our house – in their matching togs.