In high school, Anita Baines was My Other Mom, or M.O.M., and I’m delighted to say that today (11 years after my high school graduation) I still think of her as “Mom Baines.”
Mom Baines’ daughter is Sarah J., who (in high school) was Sarah B. or Sarahbee. *giggle* Sarah and I met freshman year in homeroom and were immediately inseparable and coined “The Twins” by our classmates. We were both on the field hockey team, and the Baines’ hosted the BEST field hockey spaghetti parties ever! College gave us some time to grow, both up and apart, but the universe has a way of putting good friends back in each other’s sights and hearts. My friend Irene invited me to be her “plus one” to Sarah’s wedding, and I got my Sarahbee (well, Sarah Jay) and Mom Baines back!
I ran into Mom Baines, Sarah and her family (husband Mike and daughter Catelyn) recently at the local Mexican restaurant, and Mom Baines expressed an interest in one of my hobbies: knitting. So… of course I invited her to attend our next Stitch-n-Bitch, a Sunday brunch event that I was going to host at my house for a few other yarn-crazy friends. I found some un-funky yarn and appropriately-sized knitting needles for Mom Baines to play with, and made a delicious baked french toast casserole for my guests.
Mom Baines took to knitting like only a woman who’s raised three (wonderful) children and their friends – an exercise in concentration, patience and love if there ever was one! – can. She was going along so well, in fact, that I began to wonder if she had been putting me on all along and was going to pull up a pant leg and show off some intricate, knit lace socks that she had made the night before!
Instead of quizzing her about her foot lingerie, I shook things up a little bit by teaching Mom Baines to purl. Ah yes! The knit stitch backwards! So confusing! But no… she watched me do about a row and then took over with the authority of someone who is used to getting things done. Now. And say “Yes, Ma’am.”
I’d like to say that I have unsurpassable teaching skillz, but honestly I think that Mom Baines is just simply a top-stitch student. If she’s free, I’m going to bring her to the April Stitch-n-Bitch (hosted by Karin) and start her on a Project.
And if she doesn’t show the slightest bit of apprehension, I’m going to ask to see her socks.