16th birthdays and safe journeys
This week the state of Missouri has issued driver’s licenses to two more 16 year olds we know and love, so Daughter #2 and I designed and made them keychains. We are in full production mode these days.
We added the St. Christopher medals for a little extra spiritual insurance. St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, is rather versatile: he is also the patron saint of gardeners, sailors and athletes–my kind of saint. He is said to have unknowingly carried the Christ child across a dangerous raging river. That’s why the image on St. Christopher medals is typically St. Christopher, staff in hand, wading through water while hoisting the Christ child above his shoulder. I grew up Catholic, and one of my earliest memories is sitting in the backseat of my mother’s station wagon watching the St. Christopher medals dangle from rusty safety pins attached to the car visor. Somehow we were kept safe despite the lack of airbags and seatbelts. I figure that adding this talisman for a safe life’s journey can’t hurt.
And since they didn’t have personalized pillowcases yet, Daughter #2 and I picked out fabric and colors that we thought reflect them and stitched up a couple.