It's The Thought That Counts
After reading recently about making pants for children out of old t-shirts, I got the bright idea to make Aidan a pair of pants out of my old pants. Mind you I am no seamstress. I can sew straight lines; quilts, bags, pillows, curtains I can handle. Clothes are a different story, but I have decided to challenge myself, and what better way to start than to make something without a pattern?
So I cut out the pants using a pair of Aidan's pants as a template, sewed up the crotch and called Aidan over to try them on for size. Imagine if you can a pair of Katherine Hepburn's pants - slim in the waste, wide through the leg - on a five year old boy. Not quite what I had in mind for him, but he loved them. In fact, he wouldn't take the pants off so I could finish them. He wore them for the rest of the day, occasionally tugging them up when they threatened to fall off.
The pants really were a good reminder that not everything I do for my children has to be perfect. There are certainly days when I don't live up to my own expectations, and times I feel I fall short of the level of perfection I perceive in other parents; parents that can make their children pants that fit right. Parenting may never fit perfectly, but if I can just remember that every day, good or bad, I am the perfect parent for my children, then perhaps parenting will fit comfortably.
Posted by Molly at 1:10 PM