I woke up this morning realizing I didn’t have much on my agenda today, other than painting a sympathy card and mailing it. A dear woman passed away last week, her son was a classmate of mine in High School. More than that, I had the distinct honor and pleasure of taking care of her in her home for a few weeks… and enjoyed every minute of it. I especially liked the days I could make her smile… she lit the entire room with that glow.
She and I talked for hours about life, people, her family, food, the neighbors… all while I crocheted a blanket. She was helping in the design… every time we switched topics, I switched yarn colors… which at times made us talk a little faster, or make me crochet a little slower! We got the giggles sometimes trying to pace ourselves. Oh boy… could she ever gossip!!!
While I worked away at this blanket I learned many things about this wonderful woman. As I reminisce a few conversations stand out… she didn’t like Hungarian Goulash… not even her own mother’s, she was proud of her sons and their families, and the most fun time she had in the previous year was shopping with her son for a ‘Mother of the Groom’ dress to wear at his wedding (which of course melted my heart). Sadly her illness prevented her from attending… but I attended and was able to tell her all about it from a ‘guest’s’ point of view.
When I stopped taking care of her I put the yarn and hook away. So today, I pulled out my ‘work in progress’ and thought about those sweet days to give me inspiration to paint a card. Although the yarn colors are reminders of the beach… all shades of sand and water, my mind sees the color PINK when I think of her. I think I will purchase some new yarn today and add it to the mix… perhaps sunset coral and sea shell pink.
This winter as I snuggle in this afghan I will be warmed by her memory.
And now… I announce the posting of a DAILY PHOTO.
I love taking photos!!! I have a camera with me pretty much all the time. Although I have the big kahuna… A Canon DSRL with all the bells and whistles, I find I use my Canon Power Shot on a regular basis. When all else fails I always have my iPhone and iPad (although I am told by my son taking pictures with an iPad is lame). So… I have decided to post daily a photo that tells some kind of story… or not. Let’s see where this journey takes me. Feel free to follow along!
Today’s photo… as I am sure you have all guessed is of the afghan that bonded two different women, from different generations, religious beliefs, and backgrounds. However, we raised families, lost husbands, and shared our time for a few weeks. I will forever be grateful I met her. Her sweetness will alway remain in my heart. R.I.P. Ruth.