There was a lot of whittling and wood-working (by the boys) going on on our kitchen table during this recent period in limbo. One day I was looking at the penknives, twigs, branches, saw and sandpaper scattered around, and I had the impulse to pick up a penknife myself. Why should penknives only be boy business, after all?!
Inspired by this post by Rosa, in a very short time I whittled some crochet hooks out of willow (the greener one) and chestnut twigs. And, blimey, I was surprised to find I'd made crochet hooks! And they work!! "Fazer é poder" as Rosa would say, which translates roughly as, "Making/doing is power/empowering."
But maybe best of all, I discovered how therapeutic it is to work with sharp, pointy tools while in limbo.