Steel Daffodils Practice Sock Monkey

“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.”
– Julia Alvarez

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Steel Daffodils Practice Sock Monkey

I painted this little dude while trying to see if I could paint a sock monkey with his legs crossed.  Ya gotta love sock monkeys.  They are just the purest form of a childhood toy, that’s okay to keep (or make, or buy) as an adult.  I made a sock monkey for my hubby when we were first together.  I was shocked that he grew up poor and didn’t know what a sock monkey was.  I had one.  My mom was great that way!   She taught me to sew very young and by the time I was in junior high, I was making my own school clothes.  I still love to sew, but I have very little time for it these days.

About Julia Alvarez

Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez is best known for her novels, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, about sisters adjusting to life in the US, and In the Time of the Butterflies, the tragic life story of the anti-Trujillo activists, the Mirabal sisters. Born in New York in 1950, she was raised in the Dominican Republic until she was ten, when her family fled the country. She and her husband live in Vermont and run a sustainable coffee farm/literacy center in the Dominican Republic.



1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy D
    Jun 21, 2012 @ 08:19:49

    So cute! Love the warm colors and little daffodil. Oh my gosh, my mom sewed, too. I have the photo evidence of some 70s monstrosities I wore to school. (In her defense, I liked them at the time.) But I never learned to sew. I wish I had! Even if you don’t do it these days, it’s great you can go back to it if you want to (and not be starting from scratch!)

    As for the quote, I think we should repay kindness AND pass it on. 😉


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