Hello gentle hearts,
There's so much I'd like to chat about with you all, I think I could get lost in it all. Imagine a whole conference full of awesome women like you! I would be hard pressed to come home again! It's been great reading everyone's BLOG's and getting to know everyone a wee bit.
I hear those of you who are already missing your children who will be left behind. I'm having a bit of anxiety over handing over duty from "the watchful mother's 3rd eye" myself. DH and the children will be visiting GM & GP in the beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake getting spoiled silly. I can already anticipate the aching let-down like tears welling up in my 'must be dry by now' breast when I see all the babes and mothers, my own arms light and fidgety as I fly free from my own nest for this short whirlwind visit with you.
Out of a thousand topics I could ramble on, I want to tell you about our Quilt Squares that the children, group mothers and leaders from LLLC-Mississauga Group made for the Conference backdrop. I thought it would be a very cool way to bring along the spirit of those dear ones who were not attending the conference in body. We've made over a dozen squares all flagged with the red maple leaf. I hope that enough squares were received to make up the back drop. I can't wait to see them all together!
My 10 year old son, Sam, decorated his quilt square with a breast like volcano erupting with mother's milk and a small joyful boy leaping in the air mouth open to catch the milk droplets spewing in the air.
My 8 year old daughter, Kate, drew a picture of a mother, babe in sling on top of the world with such a face of peace, pride, power and LLLove. And although originally her drawing was not a picture of me, but a Himalayan women atop a mountain, when I saw her drawing, I thought, that it looked like what I feel like, what LLL has given to me.
My 4 year old son, Ethan, inspired a quilt square dedicated to Stompin' Tom Connors, a true Canadian unsung hero and next to Santa Claus, number two in Ethan's books. What's not to love? Stompin Tom loves Canada, hockey, story time, a good party, potatoes, and he knows that no matter how poor and wretched you may be, it makes no difference if you've got your mom. He also has an amazing and gifted cognitive memory that extends back to when he was 9 months old. In his autobiography he puts into words his baby memory "...extension ... myself...she ...a nipple... need ...belonging... the most important feeling a child can have". I have shortened it to the essence to fit the quilt square ... but it rings true to my mother's heart.
Another quilt square was inspired by Sam's Canadian hero, Craig Kielburger, founder of Free the Children, advocate to educate and relieve the suffering of child labourers, and co-founder of the child led movement "Me to We" . The me to we, I thought was one of the great lessons my children have brought to light for me starting with our breastfeeding experience.
Another quilt square was inspired by another dear famous Canadian, Pierre Berton. Who was to know so many men would inspire a quilt square for a La Leche League International 50th Anniversary stage backdrop?! Pierre Berton's quote in his autobiography, My Times: 1947-1995 was "Babies are the easiest to manage - especially if they're breast-fed." Need I say more.
And my favourite quilt square made by my co-leaders 4 year old daughter, Hope, titled "Babies". It says it all.