I love to let things linger.
I love to linger on the beach at the end of a beautiful day until after the sun has set and I begin to grow cold. Only then do I really appreciate the warmth and the beauty of the day.
I love to read very slowly those last fifty pages of a beautiful story when you have speed-read through the first 200. It is a process of saying goodbye to characters and words that you have loved.
This love of lingering can get confused with procrastination. But it is very different.
I have spent the last two days lingering over my Tea Therapy block and my latest book, Mister Pip.
Yesterday, I stretched and steamed the block so that I can "square it up" and I finally stitched the last few seams and attached the last few beads... No, I wasn't quite done when I submitted my photos to that magazine. I still had a few more things to do...
To linger is to be slow in parting from a project that you have loved, re-living the decisions and the lessons learned along the way.
Lingering allows for savoring. It allows me time to make a home for my experiences within my soul so that they become a part of me.
My memory might fail me but the feelings attached to the memory will not.
And so, here is the completed block ready to be sewn together into a pillow. I needed to add to the button trail on the top right so that your eye kept moving from the girl on the top left, through the "band-aid" title and down to the cup. Then, I hope you find the poem, then the three cups and the cake on the bottom left and finally your eyes will rest in the center with the three girls having tea.
I promise to say goodbye to this block now. You may see it one more time after it gets sewn together and finds it's new home on my living room couch.
Another place my mind is lingering is within the pages of this book.
It was a mesmerizing read. At just over 250 pages, it reads very quickly but it's messages have been staying with me for days. I can understand why this book won so many awards. It's beautifully written, making me want to read more of this author's work. It would make a great book club book paired with Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Read Dickens first.
So, linger a little, why don't you?