Everything happens for a reason

                             Mega Pappou Dimitri the Weaver

                             Mega Pappou Dimitri the Weaver

I've always believed everything happens for a reason.  Everyone that was part of your history and everyone that comes into your life has a role.  I believed my weaving story began a few years ago when I took a couple of weaving workshops in Maine.  It wasn't until recently that I learned that my great grandfather was a weaver.  I never met him and I never even knew what he looked like until a picture of him surfaced recently.  I have his picture hanging over my loom.  Mega Pappou Dimitri is my muse.  He supported and raised all his children on money that he made weaving and selling rag rugs.  I look at his picture every day when I sit at my loom and say good morning.  I don't have to support my family with my weavings but I'm hoping to continue his legacy and make him proud.

Fast forward to the year 2016.  I go to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York.  I meet an amazing young woman named Kelly.  I love her yarn and buy a sweaters worth, which by the way I haven't finished yet....maybe by Wool Festival 2017.  I learn that Kelly lives in Rowley and we become fast friends.  Funny how I had to come to New York to meet this amazing woman.    I told Kelly about my dream of having my own rug weaving business at which point she jumped right in with encouragement and selfless help.  I never imagined a person who was a complete stranger up until October would become such an amazing friend and important person in my life.

Everything happens for a reason and everyone in my life is there for a reason.