In the midst of a semester where every hour counts, I've been thinking about what and how we save things.
- If I save money, I see the numbers in my accounts go up, and I can get that money back out whenever I want.
- But saving things --- like arts and craft supplies, that requires ongoing effort so that things don't get cluttered, and I'm still not guaranteed that I'll ever be able to use any of it.
- And saving time --- well, I don't have to store time in a drawer, and I don't get to store it in a bank.
Still, there is a way in which learning a skill and practicing it is a way to bank a bit of time for the future. I've done so much sewing in my life that, by now, it's easier and faster for me to mend something than to go out and buy a new one. And I've made so many tool hangers for family and friends who got married that nowadays I can whip up one fairly quickly.
So when K-daughter wrote me earlier this week to say she's getting married Friday (today!), it was fun to spring into action. I just happened to have a set of tools lying around that I'd planned to be a gift to I-don't-know-who (but now I do). And I rummaged through my fabric supplies, and found a pair of holey jeans, and an orange drawstring that N-son had asked me to remove from a pair of his shorts.
|I like how the orange drawstring winds up and down; |
have to take the ugly sticker off the hammer, though!
But aside from the tool hanger itself, the process of putting it together was joyful. It took me two, three hours, probably. These were contemplative and creative hours, a break from my regular routine of reading papers and writing reports.
And maybe this is one aspect of what saving time looks like: that some long-ago version of me spent time learning to sew, puzzled over new projects, and stocked up on extra materials. So then this week, when I needed to pull all this back out of the Time Bank, I could.
The wedding is tonight. I'm so excited!