Very very very early on, I gave them nicknames of sorts. Not something we call them, as in, "Hey, Moonbeam, come here!" but a symbol of who they each are. Each one of them knows this, intimately, and they all will often sign cards with their symbol rather than actual name.
A moon, a sun, a star. My three sons. Depicted now in fabric (and before in my tattoo).
A steadfast, ever present, trustworthy beyond all rhyme & reason boy; my firstborn, my moonbeam.
|Moon in the Window|
pattern created via a freehand paper template I made
center is pieced; outside is pieced;
center is then appliqued to the outside, because I could not for the life of me figure out how to piece the curves....
A bright, cheerful, giver of life, chaser-away of clouds and gloom; my second son, my sunshine.
|Sunbeam Pattern from Kansas City Star paper clippings|
Center is pieced, then appliqued to a background square
because I could not get the Y seams to work out right, no matter what.
A bright spot on a dark night, a guiding light when the way seems lost, a flickering, vibrant light when that is what's most needed; my baby boy, my starlight.
Do you have children? If so, how would you sum up their personalities? Or, since these names sprung from a lullaby, is there a favorite lullaby you had sung to you or that you sing (or used to sing) to your little ones?