100 Day Project – Day 9

Follow-up on Day 8 – I posted a link to Day 8 in a knitting group on Facebook because I felt others would enjoy Rob’s words on knitting, and I was right. He did such a wonderful job at characterizing knitting today. In his words you also were provided insight into one of the reasons I love him so much. Before we were married he would go into Joann’s with me to help pick out fabric for a quilt, or beads for a necklace, or yarn for a shawl … didn’t matter, if I asked he would come, unless it was one of my all day affairs. Don’t know that any non-crafty significant other can take that! When I was quilting or beading, he would express his opinion on material choices, asked how it went together and really getting to understand what I was doing.

The funny thing is when it comes to knitting, he is totally mystified. When he looks at the charts and patterns I am creating, he says it looks like a foreign language or programming code.  Correct he is! But the idea that all those symbols produces something is magic to him. So in knitting he helps with the material choices, but understanding how it comes together, he admits ain’t gonna happen. But he loves what comes out and appreciates what it took to create it. Isn’t that really all that is necessary?

A couple people said I should have him guest blog again … I am only 9 days into a 100 day project, I think he will have ample opportunity :).

adjective in·tel·li·gent \in-ˈte-lə-jənt\
: having or showing the ability to easily learn or understand things or to deal with new or difficult situations
: having or showing a lot of intelligence
: able to learn and understand things
: having an ability to deal with problems or situations that resembles or suggests the ability of an intelligent person
adjective so·phis·ti·cat·ed \sə-ˈfis-tə-ˌkā-təd\

: having or showing a lot of experience and knowledge about the world and about culture, art, literature, etc.

: attractive to fashionable or sophisticated people

: highly developed and complex


adjective am·bi·tious \am-ˈbi-shəs\

having ambition

: having a desire to be successful, powerful, or famous

: not easily done or achieved

: requiring or showing ambition

Hmmm … where to start. These words were often used in the 80’s & 90’s to describe a young college educated adult who was employed in a well paying job and was upwardly mobile aka a yuppie.

I think they would have been words also associated with some great women like Eleanor Roosevelt,  Katherine Hepburn, Condalice Rice, Margaret Thatcher and so on.

I think it also probably would describe every presidential candidate or in general any politician.

While together the words all seem like good things and in the right combination they are, but often ambition gets in there and corrupts. Ambition is a very tricky thing, you would hope that intelligence would tell you how to strike the proper balance in letting ambition to drive you to improve, but not drive you so far it corrupts your soul.

So here’s to hoping our next president will have the sophistication and  intelligence to foster the ambition of your nation to once again become the land of opportunity it once was.

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