On Monday afternoons, I need never worry or complain of boredom. I’m not one of those people who looks forward to collapsing on the couch after school, either. I have something better to do. It is something that I will miss very much when I leave it behind. That something is sewing at Sew & Grow with Aunty Fatima Fazal.
It’s not the actual lesson I’ll miss, though. I will miss the satisfaction of taking a piece of fabric at the beginning and ending with a wearable, usable garment. I will miss the familiar hum of the sewing machine, and the vibrant colors of the cotton-box. I’ll miss the repetitive, almost boring pinning. Heck, I’ll even miss the sharp sudden prick of a pin!
I will miss the whole experience of sewing, and not only that, but I will most certainly miss Aunty Fatima, with her warm, welcoming hugs, her motherly concern, and her helpful assistance. I will miss ‘Nani’ with her happy greeting and help when Aunty Fatima is occupied. I will miss Muhammad Yusuf, with his constant cheerful chatter. I’ll miss talking to them in between cutting and pinning because I will miss them.
Then there’s the camaraderie and the warmth, the feeling of belonging, the homely atmosphere where you wish you could stay forever. The pale, pretty curtains, the mirror on the side, the projects on the pinboard, and the certificates on the wall. I’ll miss every little thing about sewing lessons, and I wish that I never had to leave it behind.
I will always be grateful, though, that I have the memories to treasure, because in the one and a half years that I went to Sew & Grow, I made some of the best memories of my thirteen years. I only wish I could have the chance to make a few more.
To every one of Sew & Grow’s students: You are in a special place, one of the best in the world to me. Believe me when I say that you will not get it anywhere else because you won’t. Enjoy every moment, before, it comes to an end. You will love it and in doing so, learn a valuable and useful skill.
To Aunty Fatima: Jazakallah (thank you) for one of the best experiences of my life. Thanks to you, I will always know how to sew, and whenever I do, I’ll fondly look back at my lessons. I love sewing as well as everything and everyone involved with Sew & Grow, and I always will. I wish you all the best in the future. May you be blessed with everything good, and may you continue to give people like me so much. I will miss you, and Sew & Grow forever after. Love, Naafia Amod