MCH, thanks for that lovely story about your mom.

I think the "needle and thread" as a very simple tool is spot on. Just think of how much beauty and comfort we can bring into our lives as a result of that simple needle and thread. For generations, that has been the thing that has brightened lives and brought comfort.

When we were in the midst of depression, our foremothers used that simple needle and thread to be able to have beauty and warmth in their homes, and all when they didn't HAVE to. They could have allowed the sorrow times to get the best of them, but they didn't. They picked up their simple tool and said, "NO! My life can be better!"