Then came down-sizing, and she was let go in the middle of 2010, just before my memoir was to come out. I promptly hired her to construct and manage a website for me, assuming that she would have a new marketing job within months. Last week—16 months later—we had lunch, and I asked her how she kept her spirits up, since there was still no job in sight, and she had not even had an interview for a prospective job. She seemed so cheerful still.
And she told me a story about creativity, her need for creative work. Even before and beyond marketing and websites, she knew she needed something she could do with her hands. I could understand that, for hadn’t I always had my knitting and crocheting? Therefore, at the same time she began to work in marketing, she also took workshops in ceramics, her part-time pleasure. And this summer she had attended a two-week workshop at Haystack on Deer Isle, Maine, where her skills had matured. I asked if I could see her work, and she gave me her site: www.etsy.com/shop/jpeachtree.
Jeannette’s bowl, which I bought, is more beautiful than its photo as are the two mugs she never got to photograph. She showed them to me and I bought them at once. And of course there are the turtles, from which I will soon choose to add to my collection.
You can write to Jeannette at email@example.com and of course you can comment here on creativity. I am crocheting baby clothes for Kennedy, my great-grandchild. In the photo she’s wearing last year’s sweater. I’ve also made tiny sweaters and hats for the twins of Elizabeth and Chelsea, Helene Goldfarb’s cousin. I’ll show them when they’re both finished. What do you do?