Another Project

I decided to go looking for some of my other unfinished projects, because they are scattered all over the apartment.  This was the first I found.  I do not remember when I started this one, but it has been sitting around for a while.  I recall taking it to work a few times during the extremely uneventful weekends I spent out on the flight line.  This helped pass the time and, more importantly, keep me awake.

As I looked at this, I was reminded of my days in England were I frequently took small projects to work to help pass the time.  I did not do it as often here in Oklahoma, because I was far more busy due to my duties as a supervisor.  The projects I worked on were generally small enough to fit in the cargo pocket of my uniform without leaving any evidence of something being in that particular pocket.  Small nail clippers to trim the threads were my friend, too.

A couple other memories struck me, as well.  The first, interestingly enough, was when I was in training.  Most of my flight was sitting in a cramped classroom waiting for an instructor to come pull a few of us out at time so we could be evaluated on something.  I was sitting on the floor next to a wall.  I happened to look over at another female trainee and was astonished to see her knitting.  I could only imagine what the instructors would have said if they had seen her.  We were required to carry portfolio cases everywhere we went.  The cases generally held our training guides and notes.  In that trainee's case, it also carried a small ball of yarn, two knitting needles, and whatever small project she was working on.

The second was a friend I had in England.  He saw me at the Base Exchange one day looking at the different cross-stitch projects in one of the stores.  He asked if I would show him how to do cross-stitch, thinking it might be a decent stress reliever.  I agreed, and he selected a simple Celtic cross kit.  I got the same one, but I have yet to actually do that particular project.  I walked him through the basics, and he completed the project with little trouble, though he added his own touches to it, which I thought was fine.  I believe he sent the finished project home to his mother.  I left England not long after, and I have doubts that he bought any more kits after I left, which is unfortunate.  I have always found cross-stitch to be a good way to keep my hands busy while thinking about whatever may be bothering me at a given point in time.

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About emeree

I am an Air Force veteran. I served as a Security Forces troop for nearly seven years and reached the rank of Staff Sergeant before separating in 2008. My tours of duty were in England and Oklahoma. I live in the Seattle area, which is where I grew up. I used my GI Bill and earned a degree from the University of Washington. I currently work in downtown Seattle and experience all the adventure that comes with that.
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