Here on the island we have a community center, branded as ‘the hall’, that hosts the teen youth club, various sports practices, Irish dancing lessons, parties/celebrations, fund raisers, veterinary clinics, dramas, orchestras, movie viewings, ceili dances, public meetings, wedding receptions, and probably a few more things I haven’t thought of. It’s definitely the islands all-purpose space.
A view of the ocean from the island community center.
For the second year in a row, my daughter Margaret Maeve and her friend Tanya rented a table at the island’s annual Christmas Fair held at the hall. There are about 12 to 14 tables offering a variety of gift items for sale and holding raffles for a huge range of things. For the few weeks before, the girls busily create everything they sell.
Their entrepreneurial partnership began by their running an iced tea, snack, and gift stand at the top of our shared drive in the summers for the passing island visitors. They quickly learned how to make money doing something they really love. It started with the goal of one getting a phone and the other a new dress– no long term vision. They met those goals and it continued from there.
As parents, both households have been supportive by donating baking supplies, craft materials, and precious time. This year the girls pitched in a bit of their own money and, since beginning, we’ve explained to them about considerations such as the cost of time and all the bits and bobs they get for free, helping them to understand a few of the realities of running a business.
Another successful year– they have much to be proud of.
The Island Crafters, a group that meets one evening a week, organized craft project tables at this years children’s Christmas party, also held at the hall. I really enjoy the company of these ladies. It’s a nice night out of the house doing something we all enjoy away from the many distractions of home.
I think the pictures speak for themselves. Children are natural crafters. The sparkle in their eyes as they create is the real magic of Christmas.
Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.”
I’m so grateful for the connections made this year through my blog and facebook page. The personal visits, comments and conversation, private messages, letters and photographs, the gifts of advice and support, seeds and cuttings, sewing patterns, fabric, special packages from the States, Europe, UK, and Asia for the garden, craftroom, the kitchen, the children, and my family– that you took the time to show such generosity and love is a wonderful feeling. To those who leave comments and converse, and those who’ve shared my writing with others, thank you. Also to those on the island who have verbally encouraged me, a warm thanks from the bottom of my heart for your support. There have been days that these simple gestures have made an immeasurable difference. I think, I hope, you all know how wonderful that feels!
The brightest stars are those who shine for the benefit of others.
Wishing everyone adventures as unique as snowflakes, now and throughout the new year!