A Thank You to Someone I Never Met

TapestryIt was not a gift but I feel that I should say thank you.  I feel I know you a little from those many things that your family chose not to keep.  There they were, framed needlepoints and embroideries, leaning against the base of a big tree at the market, at five dollars a piece.  And on the trestle, everything was going at two dollars each.

Your work was imperfect, like something that I might have made but knew better not to attempt.  Maybe that’s why I chose to bring home this piece.  Maybe it was the Dragon – perhaps we were born in the same year?

Your needlepoint reminds me of a project I barely completed during the thirty hours of being radioactive for the first time more than thirty years ago.  Locked in a lead lined room with the skull and cross bone on the door.   I’m still living with its legacy –the nuclear implant, that is, not the needlepoint though it taught me a life long lesson when I didn’t know how long that life may be.  Don’t waste time.

Your embroidery reminds me of a grandmother who never gave up teaching me how to perfect the satin stitch, but I did –give up, that is; perfection has no appeal.

I fished out the five dollars from my wallet when I saw the regret on the face of your loved one and heard the break in her voice when she said, no, I didn’t make it; my xxxx did.

I am filled with admiration for your persistence in completing so many projects; I’ve abandoned as many.  I want to honour those hours you must have spent working on them –alone or in company?  I will never know; but I am with you now.

Thank you.


About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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16 Responses to A Thank You to Someone I Never Met

  1. Jan Schaper says:

    Powerfully beautiful, Mary. Thank you for sharing your honoring and authenticity.

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  2. taphian says:

    It’s really wonderful what kind of thoughts you have. Who else would think about this? It’s a beautiful piece and I’m sure it fits to your home perfectly, somehow it was made for you. I am a collector of so many things, too, and sometimes think about the pieces in the same way like you do. Have a nice week-end, Mary, kind regards Mitza

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  3. A fine tribute for a fine piece. I’m glad you found it, Mary

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  4. A very touching story, thanks from a fellow dragon.

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  5. angela1313 says:

    Once in conversation with a gallery worker in Carmel CA I mentioned my latest find, a French translation of Edgar Allen Poe illustrated by the painter Edouard Manet, I had found at a local book dealer. It turned out to have come from the library of her aunt and uncle who had to part with their collection on moving to retirement housing. She was so happy to be able to tell them one of their favorites had gone to someone who loved it because it had broken their hearts to give up their books. . Objects do have stories, sometimes happy, sometimes painful, but they are so worth telling

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  6. arlingwoman says:

    Objects can be very powerful, especially handmade ones.

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