1 February 2009

Thinking aloud - with brain cell #3

Now the web pages are finished (well, I suppose they'll never really be 'finished') I can start playing again. Nearly a whole week without tatting - must be a record!!! Mind, when we travel to the USA I do tend to 'not tat' as there are so many more interesting things to do. Like visits to Wally World, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joann Fabrics and all points in between!!!

Must admit unashamedly - I LOVE America and Americans.
When you think about it through my aged brain and eyes it goes something like this.

I was born in 1943 - towards the end of the war. American soldiers had arrived in the area to help us out around that time and they were very welcome - particularly by the young ladies of the time (I know that as a fact)!!!! Nylons, spam and other 'goodies' were 'available' at a price. Not telling what that was but it didn't always involve money!!!!

Some 16 or so years later (from what brain cell #3 can remember) the Americans were arriving again in droves to view the tourist attractions. NO, not me - I was a timid and not very attractive teenager!!!! They were loud and rich at that time although I guess the economy welcomed their money!!!

Some 18 or so years on from that date (I was a mother, teacher and all round idiot) I was demonstrating tatting occasionally at a local tourist attraction in the school holidays, I once again came across the American tourists. BOY, what a shock. Out of all the nationalities who passed through the venue and the many who stopped to speak to me, the Americans were the only 'nation' who not only knew what I was doing but were very interested.

Hats off to America and the Americans. Me? I'm not racist, sexist, anythingist but I am proud to be a human being (allegedly) and I LOVE my 'neck of the woods' and America!!


Bonnie said...

Jane, when you can spare some time would you please tell me more of your tatting life story? For example how old were you when you first picked up a shuttle, who taught you to tat, have you ever tried needle tatting, when did you first realize you were a designer and what inspires you to create new designs, how did you feel when you were asked to teach your first tatting class, things like that. I'm fascinated with your knowledge and your skills. You are one awesome lady!

Jane Eborall said...

I think you'll find most of it here on the blog!!!! I do tend to ramble on at times!!! Here are 3 links which cover most of it!!!

Lace-lovin' Librarian ~ Diane said...

I would love to be an American tourist in your neck of the woods! I'm afraid we might get into an awful lot of trouble, though! ; )

Gina said...

We love you too!!!!

connie said...

How funny
I love all things English (Irish too)You included
I guess since the majority of my ancestors are from the area.(LOL)
I think another reason for my affinity is England as a whole seems to love to catolog and collect things. (Victoria and Albert Museum et.al.) I do that too. I have all manor of gadgets geegaws and machinery related to anything I've ever been interested in. My closet is affectionately known as the A.C. Moore annex by my friends and family. Well honestly my D.H. isn't really that affectionate when he refers to it that way.
And do beware,I just saw an ad for a ridiculously paltry sum for round trip airfare and hotel from the colonies to London.
You may find some deranged tatters at your door.
hugs connie

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