Lydia is a wealthy merchant who dyes and sells purple cloth to those who can afford it. She lives a life of luxury but has a single regret — she hasn't heard from her son in years. He turned his back on "serving the rich", and has become a teacher to the poor. When she at last receives a letter telling her where he now lives, she resolves to travel to him — though she doesn't realize how difficult and transformative the journey will be.
Projects, Crafts, and Recipes for this Story
SparkleCast Episode 7 – Inspiring Service with Laura Chauvin of Her Best Foot Forward
In this episode, Laura, David, and Rebecca use the By Thistle By Thimble story “Purple” as the focus of a conversation about inspiring service in children and families. Laura tells the story of how Her Best Foot Forward was started and then talks about how service is central to her family’s life.
Sparkle Crafts: Indigo Dyed Napkins
Learn how to make your own Indigo Dyed Napkins from the By Thistle By Thimble story, "Purple" with this tutorial.
Storybox Playlist: Stories of Faith and Gratitude
This week's playlist celebrates the "please" and "thank you's" we experience everyday. The playlist includes stories that will inspire grace in asking for help, and then satisfaction in expressing authentic gratitude for what we have.