-A mostly true journey of a girl, her man and their three kids; all trying to live harmoniously in a house somewhere in Utah. Names and exact locations may be changed in order to protect the grouchy.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Use Your Words: Pattern Stories #4

Today’s post is a writing challenge created by Karen @ Baking in A TornadoThis is how it works: 12 participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, but there's a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who received their words or in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.


At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featured in this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they were given and how they used them. 
My words are: 

hold off ~ particular ~ learning ~ incredible ~ object ~ unable


They were submitted by: the lovely and talented Karen@ Baking in a Tornado 

Pattern Stories #4


                                     Photo Property of Butterick Pattern Service, 1972

"I knew I loved Jeanie the first time I laid eyes on her.  She was working behind a Woolworth's soda fountain, serving at least 12 people at once without missing a beat. I remember the shop being packed, because everyone was celebrating our school's basketball championship win. I would love to say I was part of the celebration, but I'm unable to. It simply wasn't true. I was instead alone, trying to hide in a corner. 

While everyone was adorned in our school's colors, I was dressed head-to-toe in a ridiculous denim outfit. My mother, who sewed for a living, begged me to wear the clothing she made for a sewing expo that had come to our town. She was learning all kinds of new embroidery patterns and wanted to try them out; all at once. I felt ridiculous. I was trying to hold-off from being seen by hiding behind a plastic menu. That's when I first felt Jeanie's hand on my shoulder. I'm not sure if she wanted to laugh at me for the way I looked among the room of "cool-kids", but she didn't. She simply smiled. It was the most incredible smile I'd ever seen. 

I'd come to see her everyday after that; wearing my normal clothes, of course. I'd constantly order food so she wouldn't get into trouble. We'd talk about everything and nothing in particular on her breaks. She'd smile at me like I was the only one in the place. One night as she was getting off of work, she had asked me if I'd wait for her. I recall that it seemed like she was in the back for a really long time. Just as I was about to see if she was okay, Jeanie emerged from the room wearing a long raincoat and her infamous smile. 

Now, I know what today's kids would think was under that raincoat. My mind never went there. Still, when she unbuttoned it and revealed what was underneath, I couldn't believe it. My Jeanie stood there, an object of perfection, wearing a matching denim outfit to the one I was wearing when we first met. I can't tell you the laugh we had over it. And, yes. I call her "My Jeanie" because that's what she was from that day forward.

If I close my eyes now and stay very still, I can smell the sweet honeysuckle from her golden hair. The scent always hung in the air each time she'd move. I still try to take it all in; the sight of her, the smell... The way she'd hold her small hands over her mouth if she thought she was laughing too hard. I never tire thinking about her...about us."

-Jeff Gunderson, CEO of Embroidery Empires, speaking about his wife of 40 years.

Love- even when you look silly doing it, friends. :)
-Michele

Check out all the cool kids participating this week:


Baking in a Tornado                             
Spatulas on Parade                          
Stacy Sews and Schools                      
Follow Me Home                   
Battered Hope                            
Someone Else's Genius                   
The Bergham's Life Chronicles              
Eileen's Perpetually Busy         
Confessions of a part-time working mom             
Evil Joy Speaks              
Crumpets and Bollocks                        
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo                                                                                                       


27 comments:

  1. Cute story. Sounds awfully romantic in a very silly, humiliating sort of way.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. Humiliating and silly are good building blocks for love, right?

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  2. I love your Pattern Stories. They always make me smile.

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    1. Thanks Karen. That pattern is priceless. Thanks also for the words.

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  3. OH WOW...sniffles...what a beautiful romance...hope their wedding wasn't all denim! LOL

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    1. Karen, denim was probably a given throughout their lives. Embroidered denim. LOL

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  4. Talk about suspense - I was on the edge of my seat while I read what Jeanie had on under that raincoat. Glad to hear those two denim lovers found each other. I can't wait to see some of the searches people do to lead them to this blog post. Another entertaining pattern story - keep up the great work!

    Love, M

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    1. Lame. You know this is our love story...I will dig out that embroidered shirt for all to see. The searches are worth a blog post of their own. Keep up the stories? But I only have a few thousand patterns...

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  5. Aaawww, what a sweet story! Proof of what they say… There is a right lid for every pot!
    I'm curious: what would today's kids think was under that raincoat? (As a middle-aged person surely I can't guess)

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    1. Love that saying, Tamara: a pot for every lid.
      I have no idea what would be under that raincoat. I believe I'm older than you and had a reveal of head-to-toe denim. Hey, you can't wear that in a bouncy house!

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  6. aww that is precious and my mom used to make me those suits!

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    1. The patterns for the embroidery are really cool. Denim on denim is a little much, but I bet you rocked the suits your mom made. Now, I need a pic. <3

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  7. This month's stories are so romantic -- there is love in the air! Beautifully told and great word pictures as well. Felt the love!

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    1. They WERE romantic, weren't they? Thanks for reading/commenting, Carol. It means a lot.

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  8. Isn't that all anybody really needs? Someone to fit the part of that perfect denim duo? It's every girl's dream. <3 I always loved hearing this bedtime story from you. It made me hopeful that one day I might find someone to appreciate a well-embroidered coat. ;)
    Love you, Mrs. Nicholas Sparks. ;)
    -A

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    1. Denim duo. Doesn't that just scream your dad and I? I hope you pass those stories down to your little ones. May I suggest the names Gene and Levi???
      <3 Mamacello Sparks

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  9. Yes, love is meant to be silly and cheesy and sweet. The most romantic story I have read today. I sure love a good romance.

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    1. I love a good romance too, Ann. I'm always so glad to see your name in the comment section. Thanks for reading <3

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  10. Oh my FF! I seriously believe you should have been a romance writer! Now a question about one of your earliest works. Would all of the crayons fell in love if your coauthor hadn't helped with the story line?
    Gene and Levi! I just about choked on coffee! :)

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    1. You just made my day. Ah, the memories of Mama Magenta and Papa Purple...
      The crayons would have had a soap opera life, for sure ;)

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  11. Oh I loved this Michele, this was so sweet!

    Obviously their sweet beginning was a great foundation for their long lasting love :-)

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    1. Thank you, Jenn. The foundation of denim is too strong for any one to break. <3

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  12. Absolutely brilliant!! I <3 your pattern stories SO MUCH!!!! HILARIOUS!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Stacy! I sure hope you're feeling better <3

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  13. These pattern stories are so awesome, Michele!

    Nothing wrong with a little Canadian tuxedo between friends and lovers, right?

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    1. Dang it, I should have named him "Dan"!
      Your comment rocks, you Super Trooper! Eh?

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  14. I absolutely love this post. Excellent use of your words! Loved it. You really drew such a vivid pic in my mind. I actually wanted more. Great job.

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