Saturday, December 12, 2009
ok, i didn't really bring this home. my mother brought it to me, this amazing embroidery piece with common butterflies in denmark. it was made by her aunt ida whom i met once. she was a nun and by the time i met her, she lived in a home for elderly nuns. i cannot have been more than 6 or 7 and i remember being a bit disappointed. see, i was expecting to see a sound-of-music type nun in black and white, heads covered and all. i maybe even expected that she would be this strict, old fashioned nun. and i thought that would be very exciting. but she wasn't. she was dressed in a simple grey dress, nothing covered her head, and she was just nice and sweet.
she made this piece for my parents when they married, even though she wasn't there. my parents got married in the town hall, followed by a simple lunch for the close family. my mom looked amazing in a pink 60s, jackie o style dress with red, pointy shoes. my dad in a slim fit suit. not that i was there either, but i saw the photos.
anyway, aunt ida sent them this butterfly piece, and i remember it hanging in our home. later it came down and was packed away. recently my mom found it in a box and decided to give it to me. i could not have been happier about her choice. i love it. it is so exquisite, so many details and so perfect. and it's like bringing a piece of my childhood home into my very own home.