For our son’s eighth birthday, (more than twenty years ago), we gave him his first pocket knife.
It was dinky.
Only 2 1/2″ long.
But, he wanted to learn to whittle. He also, loved to fish. And a boy needs a pocket knife for fishing.
The first thing he whittled was a stick.
Just a stick.
But, he made it smooth.
It was awesome for an eight-year-old boy!
What made it even more awesome, is that fact that he presented his first whittling attempt to me. His mom.
Can you see what he wrote on it?
I love Mom!
He even underlined the words and put three exclamation points at the end! Wow, did I feel loved! And I still smile and feel all warm and cozy inside every time I look at it. (Sigh)
He gave it to me at about the same time that I was learning to quilt.
So I put it in my sewing box and used it to press small seams when I didn’t want to heat up the iron for just one seam. I simply rub the pointed end of the stick over the seam to flatten it. Cotton fabric has sort of a “memory” and stays creased easily.
It works great! And I have never gotten even one splinter!
It was smooth!
It stays by my sewing machine at all times!
Maybe you have a son or grandson who has given you a gift such as a stick, but you haven’t been quite sure what to do with it.
Sometimes, the most unlikely things can be the greatest treasures.