Remember the Purple Durple Blankie? Here it is fresh from my sewing machine and here it is being all loved up. Not only does Ms. Mimi, owner of said blankie, have a favorite blankie, but she has a favorite corner on the blankie.
When I went down for a visit in December, I had been told that there was a hole in the blankie that Mimi wanted fixed so I arrived with needle and thread in hand. I proposed to patch the hole with a red felt heart. Mimi thought that was a fine idea and after giving her approval, she ran off to dance around the living room. Her twin sister Beanie, meanwhile, is very detail-oriented and curious about how things work, so she sat watching me very closely as I cut out the heart and began sewing it on. I offered to cut out a heart for her as well, but she said no, her blanket didn’t have a hole. Well, ok, I replied, if you want one anyway, just let me know.
As I was stitching, Beanie kept saying to her sister, “Mimi! You’d better come look at this! I think you’re really going to like it!” (We decided to leave the hole at the very edge of the corner since Mimi likes to twist it around her finger. It’s all the details, people.)
Then, as I was just about finished, Beanie’s eyes lit up and she said she did have a blanket with a hole in it. She ran off and returned with one of those thin flannel squares that had the tiniest of holes. We looked through my collection of felt shapes and she picked out a wee purple flower, which I quickly sewed on for her. Their mama came by and seeing the flannel sheet said that it wasn’t a favorite and I didn’t really need to patch it. But being a sister myself, I know how important it is that things be fair and equal when you’re little. It will be a favorite, I replied, because now it has this awesome flower patch.