Last week I made a pair of pants for my youngest son, Miles. I based them off a pattern I made from another pair of pants, originally used by my older son and worn as capris. For this pair I added a couple inches in length, but otherwise just remade the pants. I’m thinking of enlarging the pattern and adding some pockets for my preschooler, because there’s just no point to pocketless pants when you’re four (and a half).
I was given three or four yards of the blue courderoy by one of our music teachers who was cleaning out her closets a while back and thought I could use it. I like courderoy for pants because it gives them a longer life. My kids are pretty hard on clothes, and everything else that crosses their paths…
Since it is Martin Luther King, Jr. day I thought I’d like to share a few of his excellent quotes. He really was such a rare and remarkable human being. He leaves behind big ideas that should guide nations, but also big ideas that should guide our individual lives. We had a family discussion about him at dinner the other night and we talked about his life and his legacy and a bit about the Civil Rights Movement. I'm glad we did. He gets little more than an honorable mention at our elementary school, but I think he deserves so much more than that. He embodies courage and integrity and sacrifice, and showed such strength as he sought necessary change while honoring the humanity and dignity of all people.
Here are some of my favorites:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…The chain of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the abyss of annihilation.”
Strength of Love 1963
“If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”
-Christmas sermon, Atlanta, Georgia, 1967
And, finally, one that I think about nearly every day as I change my third morning diaper…
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”