Jill hand stitching an orange veil in morning sunlight.
I've been itching to put up this photo of my wife sewing under a sunbeam streaming through a window since I took it a couple of weeks ago at the end of January, but I was obliged to wait until now because the orange veil she was working on was secretly being prepared for our future daughter-in-law Melanie's Hen's event yesterday. Veils have had significance for women since the dawning of civilisation. The purpose of the veil under such circumstances as yesterday was to signify to everyone else present the special status of the woman who wore it. Orange just happened to be Melanie's favourite colour. I think the sunbeam cast a perfect light upon it as it was being made.
Paul R. Weaver.
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