In the middle of March 2000, there was a death in our family and Craig could not attend the services which were in the mid- west of the continent, so I went to represent and help with the arrangements. From there, I went onto Brooklyn to see my best girl friend from college (I was more than half way to Brooklyn anyhow. And no I did not sleep on the plane! Ha- I crack myself up!).
I walked into Heidi’s apartment in Bay Ridge and very tactfully said: “Oh my GOD! What are you cooking? It smells AWFUL!” She asked if I was okay and I said that I was really sore. She took one look at me and said: “You’re pregnant.”
My reply: “Get serious! I am not!”
For the next several days both she and her husband, Mark, encouraged me to take a test, finally on day 3 I relented. I dug a stick out from under her bathroom sink- yes it was still sanitary and wrapped. I did what I had to do. I went down stairs and talked to Heidi & Mark. Then I went up stairs and phoned home (Yes, “K.T., Phone Home” has been popular ever since the movie came out). Here is how the conversation with Craig went:
KT: “Hey Babe, its me. How are you?”
Craig: “Great, my brother is here and we are just hanging out, doing computer stuff.”
K: “Do you have a sec?”
C: “Sure, what’s up?”
K: “Are you sitting down?”
K: “No, really, you should sit down.”
C: (somewhat exasperated) “I am sitting down!”
KT: ” I’m pregnant.”
Craig: (dead silence, then…) “Oh my god, I need to sit down.”
I love that story.
When I was pregnant with Angus, Craig bought me a sewing machine to replace my great-grandmother’s Singer that I inherited. It was not as ancient as it sounds, she bought it in 1982 and she passed in 1992. Pearl Nile Rappaport was her name and I miss her every day. She was married to my Boppa (Julius Rappaport) for over 50 years (Mom, is that right?) even though he was her 3rd husband. The first 2 went out for a pack of smokes or a carton of milk and never came back (as family legend has it). Anyhow, they were really my true grandparents and so much of who I am is because of them. Boppa & I had a garden, Grammy painted a beautiful sign that said””K.T.’s Garden”. I spent a lot of time with them when I was growing up. We had Sunday dinner almost every week. Pearl was a very accomplished seamstress, painter, very devout in her faith and loved me with all her heart. I can still feel her aged hand in mine when I said good bye to her. She was so happy that I told her, if she wanted to – she should leave the planet.
Anyhow, Craig bought me a sewing machine when I was pregnant with Angus and I did sew with it but because it was bought online, there was no store I could go to for support, classes, etc. We made a deal right before we moved back (after 7 years of me struggling with the blasted machine)- If I could not find the support/classes, etc that I wanted/needed then I could buy a new machine. At first, I think he was pretty appalled that I wanted to forsake my machine that HE bought me. Once I said to him: “What if I bought you a computer and there were no updates, support or software- would you want a new machine?”
That sold it. I would like to introduce you to Althea Pearl. She is a gorgeous Bernina 730E and we are currently having quite the fling.
The store I bought her from is taking wonderful care of us and offers a great many classes. I took a Stack N Whack Spinners class from the lovely Pat French.
Also I start my mastering my Bernina class series today. Very exciting!
Have a great day and I send my love to all of you.