A month or so ago, I found myself scolding Lily for not finishing projects. If she takes a sewing class somewhere, she will finish her project. If she starts a sewing project at home, it will sit for, I don't know, she may never finish it. Ever. (This is not an exaggeration.) So, we'd started a sewing project, and, much to my frustration, it sat there and sat there and sat there until I finished it… because I couldn't stand it.
So, we had a discussion. Okay. Let's be honest. I lectured, her eyes glazed over, and nothing changed.
After this very vehement "discussion," I realized who else was guilty of not finishing projects.
Yeah, you guessed it. Me.
How can I expect her to do something I don't? It's all about being a role model. And what I have been showing her has been less than stellar in this area. Well, at least, when it comes to my own projects. I finish work projects, but I have a couple of crochet projects I've been "working" on for the past two years. I had three until I crocheted the last row on a scarf and two flowers. Yes, really, that's all that I needed to do to finish the project.
The other two are a bit longer. One is a granny "square" afghan. I'm getting closer. I have seven more squares to complete it. Of course, today, I discovered some errors that I am currently fixing, but I am getting closer to being finished. What I will do with it when I'm done? No idea, but I'll be done.
Once I finish it, I'll move on to the next. At one point, I was crocheting one a day, but life got in the way. Now, I'm managing two to three a week…sometimes, but I'm doing it.
I have three--er, four, um, five?—in progress stories. There's a script I started writing some ten years ago and still sits, waiting for me to finish it. I also have two musicals that sit unfinished.
Hm… who's the queen of unfinished projects? Gee, I don't know. Could it be… Me? Apparently, we have a princess, too: my daughter.
Maybe, if I continue with this new direction, I will be the queen of finishing projects. And maybe, just maybe, I'll have a few new stories published, too.