I will be showing the first in a series about Empty Nesting at the Peters Valley Art Center later this month.
Empty nesting elicits a range of emotions including pride, happiness, loneliness and a sense of being stuck in a holding pattern. Children grow up, mature, and move on while Mom continues to live in the same place doing the same thing she’s always done. But no matter our baby’s age, our baby is still our baby. Mom’s are expected to step forward whenever called upon, yet blend into the background the rest of the time. It is an unfair societal expectation that keeps the apron strings firmly chained in place. Apron strings that hold the mother and child equally tied together.
I chose to explore this mixture of emotions through knitting. When a baby is expected, family and friends get out their needles to create a plethora of items, each an expression of love and hope for the future. These same items are in turn passed down among the generations as treasured expressions of love.
Thank you to all who have been sending me prayers. I have finally healed from the surgery and start chemotherapy in two weeks. So far, so good.