I've always made my December visits to the shelter extra special. Years ago, I would lug food and gifts, crafts and music. But I eventually learned, I could leave the "parties" to the volunteer groups, with budgets and lots of extra hands. I learned to keep it calm and simple around holidays.
Bells and Books
This December, I returned to the shelter after many months. I was feeling pretty good, with chemo behind me and radiation almost done. But I still wanted to keep it easy. I arrived with a few books and bells and no plans.
I was grateful that my group was small and young enough that they were all equally giddy over pictures of snowmen and Santa Claus.
What I Learned: It is possible to ease back into my quilt groups, without over-planning and over-thinking. But it's going to take a while to get my stamina back for the galloping!
For 20+ years children have called it the Magic Quilt. They've danced and pretended all over these colorful squares. I've dragged it to schools, shelters and studios where children have climbed on top to hear Magic Quilt Stories and to act them out.