Thursday, July 28, 2011

Just call me Penelope . . .

As I was unraveling my crocheting project for, oh, I dunno . . . the fifth or sixth time, my son remarked that I reminded him of Penelope, Odysseus' wife.  Yes, I have a son that uses Homer as material for his smart aleck cracks.  Penelope was known for her faithfulness while she waited for her husband to return from fighting that pesky Trojan War.  For three years, she weaved a shroud for the eventual funeral of her father-in-law, Laertes, and claimed that she would choose a new husband as soon as the shroud was completed. By day, the queen weaved her shroud and at night, she unraveled what she had done, until eventually she got caught. 

There's one obvious conclusion to be drawn from this:  Penelope was not a blogger.  Fellow bloggers would not have let her get away with it for so long without wanting to see the progress . . . so, just to make sure no suitors for my hand get angry with me, here's what I've done so far . . .


But suitors beware: My husband and I just celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary last week. Our marriage shroud is still being crocheted. Every stitch has been a labor of love, and there's no end in sight for this project . . . you'd better find yourself another Penelope . . .


Meanwhile, it's that time of year again.  Boxes in my Living Room can only mean one thing:  My son is going back to college soon.  There goes that little catch in my breath . . .

5 comments:

Amanda said...

The throw looks like it is coming along, even if it is two steps forward and three steps back ;) I can't even imagine sending my boys off to college...{hugs}

Reds said...

I so want to learn to crochet!! Beautiful work!! And happy anniversary!!

Nicki said...

I absolutely love the reference to Homer's Penelope - too too funny. (for what its worth, my daughter would find your son's reference to Homer for smart aleck material to be 'adorable') Congratulations on celebrating your 27th - wow! and I can relate to the boxes, the stock-pile in our spare room upstairs is mounting up. This weekend we start 'space-saver' packing some of the stuff.

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

"Yes, I have a son that uses Homer as material for his smart aleck cracks." I love that! And the part about Penelope not being a blogger!

Sorry about the boxes. :-(

Marlis said...

Progress is not marked in in inches.. progress is a path.. I love that you've come this far. It takes a long time to create the chains.. So as your marriage progresses, so shall the stitches in your throw.. it's beautiful and I didn't mean to wax poetic.. Congrats on your anniversary and I'm so sorry about the upcoming departure of your son.. It's always bittersweet to see them go. Happy Weekend, xo marlis