It Pleases Me

These words express better than I what moves me to do what I do. See if it “speaks” to you, also!!!!!!!

Love Those "Hands at Home"

working handsA folklorist, traveling in rural America, meets an elderly farmer. The old man is tired, from hard work with his herd and his land, yet works in the evening to make chairs he needs for his home.

The chairs he has crafted could be considered finished—they are strong and sound—but the old man continues, with weary hands, to carve flourishes and curlicues into the wood, to decorate his utilitarian creations.

The folklorist, a specialist in material culture, asks the man, “Why? Who do you take the time to decorate the chairs when they are perfectly serviceable?” The old man is silent, thinking, perhaps for the first time, about his motivation, his desire. And then he answers:

“Because it pleases me.”

I heard this story, told by folklorist Henry Glassie, many years ago as an undergraduate when Glassie came to visit my college. Since then, I have thought often of the…

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About treadlemusic

A quilter who rides motorcycle, living on a small hobby farm in southeastern Minnesota. Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
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10 Responses to It Pleases Me

  1. mtetar says:

    That is why you do your best with your Quilting’s Gift. You love quilting therefore it pleases you. It is your gift continue to do your very best. Blessings Always, Mtetar

  2. catpatches says:

    I have a friend who looks at my piecing and says it makes her itch…and I always think she’s missing out on one of the great joys in life by not creating *something* with her hands. Handmade forces us to slow down, I think. Some find that nearly impossible unless they are sick. Thanks for sharing.

  3. There’s that word again this morning–because.

    This is a beautiful post that truly speaks to those of us who create, whether with fabric or yarn, words or camera.

    Thank you for sharing this thoughtful insight into creativity.

  4. Pat in WNY says:

    Thank you for posting this. I loved it, and now have a new (almost) local blog to follow, at least in the same state! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. FIAMMISDAY says:

    I send you a big kiss and I hoper it will find you!!

  6. witchylin says:

    What a lovely story and so true.

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