Songbird #5 by Laura Wasilowski (REJECTED!)
Two decades ago I made a list of how to deal with rejection when entering quilt shows. And to this day I still get the dreaded rejection letter. REJECTED I tell you! But do I feel rejected? No! I am as happy as a little bird flying home for the night. How did I get this optimistic point of view? I follow this 12 -Step Rejection Recovery Program:
1. Burn the rejection notice. Rip it up into tiny little pieces and light a match. As the bad news goes up in flames chant, “There are no bad quilts, just bad eyesight.”
2. Have a day of mourning. Drape the quilt in black ribbons and remember the good times: cutting the fabric, fusing the little pieces together, and binding the quilt while watching soap operas. Those were the days.
3. Have a good cry. Use newly purchased fabric from your local quilt shop to dry your tears.
4. Get a tattoo. My friend Frieda’s tattoo says, “I love my quilts!” Make sure to get large type so you can still read it at age 90.
5. Document the entry fees as charitable donations on your tax forms. Consider yourself a patron of the arts and get a refund as well.
6. Write a tune of lament like my song “Everybody Gets Rejected Sometime”. I like a song you can dance to or at least shake you fists.
7. Eat chocolate. The smell of baking brownies always calms me down. Once I eat a pan-full of gooey chocolate goodies, hurtful memories are completely erased.
8. Complain to your friends. There is nothing like a good rant to cheer you up. Make audacious claims of incompetence in the quilt judging system, the crazier the better.
9. Consider a new occupation. I, for instance, pursued my dream to be a rocket scientist. Then I realized I was on the wrong trajectory and returned to earth.
10. Buy the quilt show. If you own the quilt show you can have your quilts on display any time. Award yourself prizes.
11. Hang the rejected quilt in a prominent spot in your home. Kiss it every morning, pat it on the binding, and tell it how pretty it is.
12. Make a new quilt. Make something cheerful and colorful like this Songbird returning home. And just like a little bird in flight, you too will be happy.