My son's question about rug hooking

Yesterday my son Alexander asked me, "Mom, can I ask you a question?" For some reason, this is how he starts his "serious" discussions with me. I nodded. "Why do you love rug hooking so much?" he said.

I thought a moment, because I wasn't sure how to relay to a five-year old the power of art and color and fiber to inspire me to create, "to give life a shape" as William Shakespeare once said about art.

So I asked him what he loves to do. Without hesitation, Alexander replied, "Play." I responded, "Rug hooking is my play."

What is it about rug hooking?

PHOTO: Alexander sitting in his new IKEA chair "just like mom's."