Today in the middle of a HUGE cleanup of my mother’s house I made a wonderful discovery!
Despite the scorching heat of our Thai weather and how busy we were with orders for our Thai Silk Magic business, I was determined to thoroughly clean my parent’s home as they are far too old to do that any more.
After pushing and struggling for an hour to move a large cupboard aside I saw a glint of something stuck to the back .
What an incredible surprise!
There firmly buried into in the ancient bamboo supports I found a photo.
Not just any photo but the ONLY photo ever taken of my mentor – my grandma! She disliked those new fangled camera things!
By the way that’s me as a young girl sitting in front of her!
Grandma taught me so many things that have made the person I am today.
Not only did she teach and guide me how to live the best life possible (despite us having virtually no money!) she also introduced me to the amazing world of natural dyes, she inspired me to always help others and provided me with the determination and confidence to establish our handmade silk weaving business.
So you see why I called this brief post one about “discovery” – not only did I discover a long lost photo but as well seeing the photo brought rushing back all those feelings of joy, amazement, enlightenment and absolute excitement that I had everyday whilst sharing my life with my mentor – my grandma.
Grandma was a perfectionist with nearly everything she attempted and I remember as a young girl thinking that she was “taking for ever” to create just the right natural dye colours she was seeking.
But what a great lesson that was for me. Working with natural dyes is a passion of mine but I now also respect and appreciate the time (and at times physically hard work) that goes into our natural dye colour creations. This too is always a “discovery” trail as you never know just what types of material mother nature will provide to you from year to year and even from season to season!
More about My Mentor
If you have a moment I would love you to read more about my grandma’s impact of my life and on our Thai Silk Magic business by checking out this link - A GRANDMA’S LEGACY.
How have your grandparents guided your life? Is there any questions you would like to ask me about my grandma’s guidance and training for life? I am happy to share them as I feel I am absolutely privileged to have had some a wonderful woman as a caring, loving and at times a VERY tough old grandma!
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