A stitch in time
There are some items that I have inherited that I have no problem identifying. These pumps were my grandmother's and are vintage petit point. Petit point is the diminutive version of needlepoint, and takes a very skilled hand to make. I imagine that these would have been a perfect set piece for a simple black dress. I don't see myself having a place to wear these, and yet, for the same reason I believe my mother kept them, I can't bear to just toss them away. Someone, somewhere, at sometime, labored over each stitch, and that feels precious to me. Almost as if I let them go, I would be throwing away a treasure, or someones hard work. But in some way, I feel that way about all the things I have inherited. And so sometimes, it becomes a heavy mantle. I am glad to have this forum to voice these concerns, and am optimistic that the right decisions will present themselves eventually. Until then, I will cherish each stitch, drape and silhouette. And I will consider myself lucky to be the custodian of such beauty.