Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day 2013

This is my Facebook post on Father's Day:
To all the Fathers that have helped make us who we are, thank you. To the Fathers of the future, raise your children with love and discipline. To the Fathers of the present, hold your baby(s) today - no matter if we are 2 or 62, we are always your baby.To the Fathers of the past, this is a difficult day for those of us that watched you slip away from this world because the love you gave us is stronger than time and you're always on our hearts.Thank you Wally Bishop & Ralph Grew for being my fathers!Thank you Frank Gallant for being the father to my children!Thank you Bryan Thorne for giving my sister stability and love to raise Tavis Thorne & Tyler.
I have been so incredibly blessed in my life with wonderful men. First it was my dad, Wallace Meldon Bishop (1915-1983), and then my step-dad, Ralph Levitt Grew (1932-1997) and now with my husband, Francis Robert Gallant.

My drive & strong work ethic comes from my parents.  My compulsive movement is from my dad. When I was a pre-teen, say 8 to 10 years old, I was sitting on the couch either knitting or sewing. My dad looked over at me and said to me with his famous big teasing smile, "My mother always said an idle woman was a useless woman and I'm glad you're not going to be useless".  My grandmother was born in 1888, before the days of factory made socks, food and clothes.

That one comment 30+ years ago started the drive in me to make him proud and to make the grandmother I never knew proud. He likely wouldn't have even remembered making the comment but I cherished everything he said.

From that little girl on the couch learning to knit came the woman that was working on this today:

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Second Cup Knit In

The Fundy Fiberistas met for the first time for Knit Knight on King Street at Second Cup. Service was so so but the atmosphere was truly a pleasure.
Our group is now in our 5th year together and the bond grows stronger as the months and years progress. It's a wonderful experience to have a group of women to socialize with and share our life experiences. We're all strong, independent women that have strong family ties and I think it would be fair to say there's a streak of feminism that runs through the group. Not the bra burning feminism but the feminism that celebrates each woman as a strong contributor to society, family and community. We are all religions, socio-economical status and family structure.  Our group ranges in age from 20 - 95 with the average age in the mid-thirties.
I encourage all women to find that special group of women with common interest and enjoy the interaction.