Saturday, December 31, 2011

About Old Age and Loneliness

Since I just had a birthday and it's the end of a year of huge changes, I was struck by the wisdom of this passage I came across in the book I was reading:
"You'd think the way people go on that if they stand too close to old age and loneliness they'll catch it themselves. I suppose that's true in a way, because you do catch it, if you stay around long enough. But you don't get it from other people; you don't get it from anybody but yourself." (Quoting Bernie McGill in The Butterfly Cabinet)
"Migration"   35 wide x 36.5 high
Detail 1
Detail 2
My flying geese quilt that I named "Migration" is finished and I'm ready to put 2011 behind me. No resolutions, but definite plans to NOT catch that old age and loneliness bug. I like my friend Virginia Butler's list of resolutions she is NOT making, like cutting back on coffee and chocolate, taking life too seriously, going shopping more, keeping a spotless house, reading more.
Sounds like a good year to me!

10 comments:

Karen S Musgrave said...

I love flying geese and your quilt. Love the quote too! Thanks for sharing both. Life is too short not to have as much fun and experiences as possible. Hugs, Karen

Elvia Edwards said...

You are always an inspiration to me. The quilt is beautiful and the quote is most appropriate for us all.

Mark said...

Mom .... you're amazing. I love you. - Mark

Virginia Butler said...

Thanks for the shout-out! I love this pattern. I will also put the book on my "to-read" list. I can't picture you "catching" old age with your zest for life!

Linda Ginn said...

Youngest person of your age I know. Wonderful thoughts.

norma said...

I love those flying geese and your non-resolutions. Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Martha, such a lovely quilt. It is so expressive, and, I think a metaphor for how a colorful spirit can prevail even when all around us things seem gray.

Deidre said...

(oops - forgot to say who I am!)

Martha, such a lovely quilt. It is so expressive, and, I think a metaphor for how a colorful spirit can prevail even when all around us things seem gray.

Vivian Helena said...

fantastic quilting on your flying geese.

Rayna said...

This is a beauty, Martha. I join you in old age and try not to think about it, but just keep going as though I were still 4 or 5 decades younger. love that quote!!