Change is a funny thing. ...I’m thinking about this as I fly to NY for the 6th time in as many months. I’m on my way to a Long Island estate where I repair rugs in the largest collection of hooked rugs I’ve seen outside of a museum. I never thought I’d enjoy traveling for work, but not only do I enjoy the repairing- even though I spend a great deal of time sitting on the floor with a rug in my lap- I enjoy the disruption in my usual routines at home. Being a creature who loves home, habit, and routine, I find this quite surprising, but I’m glad I kept my mind open to change.
Here are a few more pictures of rugs I’ve come to know... and love.
My daughter, Mariah, came with me last month to help with a particularly big project.
This, my 60th year, seems to be a time filled with change in my personal life and my business. My three daughters and two sisters are now much more involved with my business which is such a blessing, but also somewhat challenging. Family relationships take on a new twist! I deeply appreciate the energy and enthusiasm they bring, but with new people, come new ideas and... yes, change. My shop in Montpelier is slowly taking on a new look. We are implementing a new Point-of-Sale System, a new accounting system, and we’re even discussing some physical re-arrangement in our store space. Challenging, but in the long run, these changes should free-up some time for me.
Last Sunday, March 16th, my family gathered in New Hampshire to celebrate my Dad’s 90th birthday. Adaptable is not a word I would have used to describe Dad, and yet, he’s made some major life changes over the past few years, and done it with grace and good nature. To make changes is a scary thing, and most people would agree that we resist as long as possible. In the long run, though, I’ve learned that keeping an open mind- and an open heart- to the possibilities of change has led to some wonderful experiences.
The Ashworth Clan, 3/16/2014