Thursday, August 28, 2008
A birthday tribute of simple truths
A birthday is a special day to remember someone and this birthday seems more poignant than most. It is Tasha Tudor's birthday and the first since she passed away in June of this year. What a remarkable life she led! We should declare this day Tasha Tudor day and spend time reflecting on her inspirational lifestyle.
Take a little time today to pour yourself a cup of tea and perhaps enjoy a delicious homemade cookie. Think about slowing down and reflect on the life Tasha led. It was a life that was a mirror of the days of yesteryear. She enjoyed the simple pleasures of life in full. To me, I picture sitting by a fireside with my own quilting or stitching when I think of her. Not only her beautiful illustrations but also homespun crafts were a big part of her life.
There are a number of books written about this remarkable woman's life. Perhaps you could stop in at the library or bookshop to pick one up. I find reading about her very calming. You may find she has the same effect on you if you have not already read about her life.
Take time today to stop and relax. Reject the hustle and bustle of this modern world even just for an hour to enjoy moments of peace in your garden or home. Perhaps pick up your quilting, stitching, knitting, etc. and think about Tasha. Think about how she changed the thoughts and hearts of those who knew her work. I am sure it will effect your world at this moment.
If you have some of Tasha's children's books, perhaps sit today and read one of two of them. This will bring Tasha's spirit back to life today, her birthday. Just considering all the people who bind together thinking of her keeps her alive to us all.
This is my Tasha shawl that my mother knitted for me from Dutch sheep's wool. She created this with no pattern by simply looking in one of my books at the photo of Tasha wearing one similar. I just love it!
In an interview with Wm. John Hare she quotes Thoreau: "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." My dream is to find the peace and simple pleasures in life that her own life and work exuded.
Please be sure to leave a comment today so we can celebrate together...
Happy birthday Tasha Tudor!