A Story About A Lady I Love


Vida's TableclothWe lost my mom-in-law Vida last night.  So I’ll be away for awhile, but first I want to share a story.  This photo shows a tiny section of the border of a huge, gorgeous tablecloth that Vida embroidered for us, along with a set of eight napkins.  I can’t even begin to imagine how long it took to make . . . just look at all the details, including little French knots around the centers of the flowers!  One holiday we were all sitting around the table stuffed and unmoving, savoring the memory of the meal and putting off dish-washing as long as possible.  “Everything was just perfect,” someone finally said, breaking the silence.  Then another family member replied, “Well . . . not quite . . .”  We all looked at her expectantly.  “I’m not positive, but I THINK the cloth is on the table wrong-side up!” she explained.  We all peered intently at the stitches, and honestly we couldn’t even tell because Vida’s embroidery is as perfect on the back as it is on the front!  I sheepishly apologized, but Vida just smiled graciously, loving that my mistake was actually the highest form of compliment to her handiwork.  Vida and I have laughed about that every holiday since then, and I know I always will . . . but from now on, with a tear.  I love you, Vida! ♥

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  1. I too, am so very sorry for your loss. That was a lovely tribute. It’s wonderful when those we love leave behind something tangible with their love imprinted. I think it’s what drives us to continue to be creative and pass it on to loved ones.

  2. My DEEPEST Condolences to you, and your family. May you all find comfort during this time, and always. I agree that is the highest compliment of her work, showing difficulty in knowing, and finding the right or wrong side of such Master Piece. That story will be handed down from one generation to another. Thank you for sharing what it means to do your work, and do it well. Be Blessed, Mtetar

  3. Reblogged this on Out of the Crab Bucket and commented:
    I decided to watch a little tv – n-o-t-h-i-n-g is on, pointless, shallow b-o-r-i-n-g. The Vida’s of this world where born a few generations before me! My GRANDmother was also from that sweet perfect vintage! These woman & men valued things in the right order!

  4. I’m so sorry for your loss. What a loving and gracious tribute to a remarkable woman. The embroidery is a wonderful metaphor, too. Someone who was beautiful inside and out. Sending gentle hugs to all of you.

  5. I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of a lady that was clerkly special to you. What a great piece to treasure and remember her by. It’s truly beautiful. Savor your time with family and friends celebrating the life of this special lady.

  6. I am so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. What a beautiful memento to remember her by!

  7. I love that you chose to tell this story about your mother-in-law – – what a wonderful celebration of her life! And I think it painted a vivid picture for all of us as to her incredible creativity and talent. I hope and pray that in this season of mourning, you and your family can lean on each other for support, and lean on God. Sending up a prayer for you tonight and a great big virtual hug.

  8. What beautiful needlework. I have some similar tucked away in my china cupboard that my husband’s grandmother made for us. I am so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute to your mother in law.

  9. My heart goes out to you & your family during this time; “Vida” means life in Spanish… what a name! I can only imagine the wonderful soul behind it.

  10. So sorry to hear of your recent loss. Vida’s expert needlework is a tribute to her. Everyone time you use this table cloth, she will be with you. From my experience, treasured memories like this will help you as you grief the loss of such a dear one.

  11. It is very heartwarming to read about daughter-in-law/mother-in-law relationships that are full of love and admiration. Thank you for telling us this wonderful story, and know that I am thinking of you and your family at this sad time.

  12. How lucky you are to have a bit of her love for your table. Sorry to hear of your loss, my brother passed away too soon in November, we knew it was going to happen – just too soon.

  13. I’m so sorry to hear about your mother in law. It is the hardest thing to lose someone special. I hope that every time you use this special tablecloth it brings back this lovely memory for you. Take care, Jen

  14. What a lovely memory to have and tell every year, I am so sorry for your loss, I will be thinking of you and your family.

  15. Sounds like this special lady will be very much missed …. but what a lovely family memory you share – one of many no doubt .
    I bet she would be chuffed to think that so many people from all over the world would be looking @ her Embroidery work 🙂

  16. Beautiful post! It sounds like you have a beautiful relationship! Families are so important! I think I’ll love and cherish mine a little extra today because I read your post! Thank you so much!

  17. I’m thinking about you and your family, my sweet. I was also very close to my MIL, whom we lost after I’d only known her for 7 years. It’s a blessing to have had that unique relationship.

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  19. So sorry for your loss, but how lovely to have a wonderful piece of her handiwork to treasure. It’s simply beautiful and a wonderful testament to what a wonderful person she was ❤

  20. I’m sorry I only just saw your post. Vida sounds like she was a wonderful person, and so are you. My sincere sympathy, and hope that your terrific memories help in your healing process.

  21. I loved this story. What a wonderful thing to remember every time you use her gorgeous tablecloth.

  22. That is such a funny story. I’m so glad you have this table linen with your mother-in-law’s handwork to bring you fond memories. These are the things we take comfort in. Wishing you all the best.

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  27. Browsing through your blog, I came upon this post from two years ago. Still resonates. What a heart-warming tribute to an obviously charming lady. ~Joanne

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