Monday, 5 August 2013

Finishing (Or is she her mother's daughter?)

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.

Surprise!

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.

11 comments:

Bernadette Phipps-Lincke said...

Love the premise of this post. A big part of successful accomplishment is the ability to finish what you start (as I have to keep reminding myself), and the afghan is so pretty, too.

S.R.Howen said...

I have a lot of sewing projects I never finished. Not so much writing ones. Funny, I also have a granny square that is almost done . . .

Anthology Authors said...

Thanks, Bernadette. It is hard to finish sometimes, but I am working on it if only to set a good example. And, yes, it feels good to finish a project. :)

Anthology Authors said...

Hm... I wonder what that says about you AND me. LOL Hm... (grin)

Anthology Authors said...

Oh, and, Bernadette, thank you. I like the afghan, too, but I still don't know what I am going to do with it when I'm done.

Jaime Samms said...

The other day we were cleaning my office and my daughter (she's thirteen) discovered a quilt I stared when she was an infant and she fell in love with it and wondered why it wasn't finished and who it was for. I told her it was her baby blanket and she looked at me and shook her head, then told me if I finished it, she might be able to take it to college with her. *headdesk*

Anthology Authors said...

Oh, Jaime, apparently, this is a common affliction. I don't feel so bad, but I don't want my projects to be a statistic... which is what they are looking like now.

Jaime Samms said...

In my case, I'm really not sure what a thirteen-years-unfinished quilt could be other than a statistic, now! lol!

Anthology Authors said...

You could finish it and put it out of its misery. (grin) You know, give it a little closure. ;)

Jaime Samms said...

Yes....as soon as I find the time. Which is a whole other post....

Anthology Authors said...

I started doing it first thing in the morning, Jaime. We spend some time in the morning waiting for Lily to join us. It's a ritual. If I get up before she comes it, the day will not be a happy one. So, I figured while I was waiting, I could work on some projects. LOL