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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A New Sewing Machine

I'm awfully domestic. I grow my own herbs, make homemade bread and jelly, will only serve my family my fresh made marinara (no Ragu in my house), keep an immaculate home, and on and on. For some reason, I've never had the desire to learn how to sew. Yet for some reason, my husband, Matt, has a deep yearning for me to learn to.

Our first Christmas as a married couple taught him quickly that unsolicited appliances as gifts were a bad idea. My mom, who is great at sewing, bought a new sewing machine shortly before Christmas and still had the box. As a joke, the two of them decided to put the machine back in the box, wrap it up, and place it under the tree with my name on it. As I unwrapped the gift, I took a look at the box and hesitated. Matt encouraged me to open it, and for a brief moment I thought he'd just used the box for something else. Turns out when I opened it, there was a sewing machine. Tears immediately ran down my cheeks. I still remember the thought going through my head -- Married less than a year and he's already trying to make me something I'm not. Of course both he and my mom felt terrible. On a happy note, there were a pair of earrings stashed in the box.

Thank goodness for folks that do like to sew -- like Gladys who takes care of alterations at two of our Raleigh A Cleaner World locations and Bonnie at our A Cleaner World in Thomasville, someone I've personally used a number of times.

So several years later, Matt mentioned to his mother that he'd like to have a sewing machine. That Christmas he got one. The only person that's ever used it -- my mom.

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