And we were reading them outloud in class.
These stories are so intertwined with my friendship with Lisa and Sarah. One Friday morning before school started, Lisa and Sarah walked into my classroom to chat, and Lisa was wearing the coolest pair of jeans I'd ever seen. She was telling me a story about something and I said, "I'm sorry Lisa, I am not paying attention to a word you're saying because I love your jeans!" And Sarah agreed. We needed a pair ourselves.
That Friday was a half-day of school. So later that day, when I think we were supposed to be working on curriculum, Lisa, Sarah, and I went to the mall and bought a pair of jeans just like Lisa. They're my very own "sisterhood jeans." I bought them in 2002 and I still have them. I won't get rid of them because when I put them on I feel brave, and I remember the risk I took in leaving my first job and going to teach at Goshen Middle School. And I remember meeting Sarah and Lisa.
Taking risks is scary. Putting yourself in a different environment is nerve racking. You might not like it. You might fail. But you might also find some friends that make you laugh so hard you think you might die. And you might walk away from that situation with a great pair of jeans that reminds you to take risks and be brave because you have friends rooting for you, even when they're far away.
Thankfully, I'm still in touch with Sarah and Lisa. I work on a pretty cool project with Lisa, and today, I want to talk about these adorable Coffee Hugs that Sarah makes.
here. These things are so cute, and I'm thinking about using them as stocking stuffers, maybe wrap 'em around a Starbucks gift card or something like that. I love the patterns she chooses, but I think the buttons are my favorite.
Sarah came up with the idea for a Coffee Hug after a trip to Starbucks. "I had taken the plain brown cardboard sleeve off the cup and was playing around with it. It came apart easily, and when layed flat, the shape was very simple. I realized that I could make one from fabric. I spent most of that afternoon making a pattern and sewing my first Coffee Hug. I made the first one with button and loop closures, and I now make reversible Coffee Hugs that close with velcro as well."
Did I say the best part was the buttons? Maybe I should take that back. The best part is drinking my coffee while folding laundry....
Or having a reminder on an otherwise "normal" day.....