This life of mine, wonderful moments to cherish, education, teaching sanskrit shlokas , helping me with my homework , introducing me to the world of stories and storybooks , freedom to express and air my views , agree to disagree philosophy , values, housekeeping skills, cooking…… apart from the materialistic things are some of the things that have been passed on to me by my loving Amma.
Children learn watching their parents and we surely as kids absorbed many things like a sponge during the growing up years.
Amma was very fond of cooking , stitching and knitting . She used to pamper us with her home made delicacies and used to knit so many sweaters for her kids and grandkids.
Amma had bought a sewing machine from her salary when she was working before her marriage. That makes the machine older than her marriage and daughters too!!
I have this flair for creative work and Amma’ s sewing machine is with me now . I use it do some alteration work as and when required or to try my hand in creating some home decor stuff. I am filled with joy both internally and externally when I am using her sewing machine. Internally because I know she would be so happy to watch me from heaven making use of something that she passed on to me and I feel externally happy too when I see my creative stuff enhancing the look of my home..
I had brought it to my home in two trips by train. The first time I brought only the top part and used it like a hand machine .During my next visit I brought the entire bottom frame consisting of the pedal, frame and wheel.The first thing that I did was to call a service centre person who could install the bottom frame to the machine and set it working for me.
Each time I am pedalling and stitching she seems to be smiling and whispering to me to unleash my creativity.
This machine was bought by her in 1969 and is half a century old now !!!. I am often reminded of the times when she helped me complete my SUPW activity while in school in which we were taught stitching .
It is definitely one of the proud prized possessions of mine and I feel her presence surrounding me, comforting and protecting me whenever I am using one of my Amma’s possessions.