Do you ever get a completely unexpected flashback to a daft little moment you thought you had completely forgotten?
Happened to me the other night. I was flipping round the channels and arrived at something about the singer Glen Campbell. I caught a snatch of Rhinestone Cowboy and instantly I was about eight again. My friend Claire and I were lying on the floor in her living room, listening to selections from her Dad's record collection. The sun was in the sky, the Cremola Foam was waiting for us in the kitchen and I was marvelling at the grooviness of parents who didn't just like Julie Andrews. Life was good.
Suddenly, Claire jumped. "There's a bee, she said. "I don't like bees. I'm going to stamp on it and throw it out the window."
I looked up. There was a bee, but it seemed to be minding its own business, so I shook my head. "Nah, just leave it alone. It's not doing any harm." And we lay back down again to hear more about the star spangled rodeo, until it was time for me to go home.
About an hour after I left I remembered something vitally important I had to tell her. As you do. I begged to use the phone. As you did (way back then) and I dialled. Her brother answered.
"I'd like to speak to Claire, please," I said in my best telephone voice.
"You can't." he said. "Mum had to take her to hospital. She got stung by a bee and her arm blew up like a balloon, and we don't know when they'll be back..."
....funny how things come back to you like that, in a flash. I made a page to remind me, taking as my title a quote from that old Michael Caine film about killer bees Swarm. I had no photo to go with it; and I guess I could have googled for a cowboy, maybe; but that wouldn't have made a layout my style, so I found a garden bee photo instead. An Echo Park journaling card, some Crate Paper and a bit of tone on tone stitching finished it up. Oh, and that little bird print, which came in a Quirky Kit.
So, next Sunday, then..it's the first in the month so psst! remember it's Storytelling Sunday! For March I'm thinking of an Irish themed "precious" maybe. How about you?