Gifting

pj

Jam-packed with feeling

 I dusted off my sewing machine to construct a pair of jammies for my husband and was struck by the lessons sewing can teach us.

For me and most of my pals, time is a true commodity, and one that companies like Amazon recognize fully.

Rather than spending your precious time searching at the mall for the right Instant-Pot, Amazon can deliver one straight to your door.

Same for pajamas.

Why toil over cutting, stitching and ironing a pair of PJs when you can find your size with a few strokes on your electronic wizard?

One reason I decided to make my own jammies is because I could choose a flannel fabric with just the right colors, and make small adjustments you won’t find in a factory-made pair.

Adjustments like just-the-right-size elastic for his girth and the custom-made hem.

I see the hours spent in labor as a gift of love.

Every stitch in is infused with meaning, even if we can’t see it.

But I know it is there.

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About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. She is enrolled with the Osage tribe.
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