Friday, April 1, 2011

Remember me

Several years ago my sister and I went through Mom and Dad's things deciding what we wanted to keep and what would be sold at auction. When we came across this little piece Mom had stitched on perforated paper, we looked at each other with tears in our eyes. I grabbed it; threw it into my pile, and we moved on. I still haven't decided what to do with it, but I'll cherish it forever.

I got a phone call today from a former boss. Bob has had several heart attacks, and the last one was just a few weeks ago. He had called to tell me that he appreciated my work through the years. Even after he retired, I continued to do secretarial work for him for the annual homecoming weekend in our town. We had a great work relationship and an even better friendship. It was an odd phone call - almost as if he was saying thanks and goodbye at the same time.

My aunt passed away this week. A nursing instructor two of my daughters had in college also passed away. My friend NancyF emailed me this morning to let me know that her mom had passed away last week. What a heck of a day.

So tonight I got out this Blackbird Designs pattern I just bought. It's quiet in the house, and I've spent time stitching this piece and thinking about the friends and family who are hurting right now. Stitching helps calm an anxious spirit, doesn't it.


Sue said...

Yes, it does, Mary. I'm sorry about your day. There's a lot of sadness in this post.

That stitchery your mother did is precious and priceless at the same time.

I hope you have a wonderfully blessed weekend.

Donna said...

The stitched piece by your mother is precious!! I have many of my mother's pieces and treasure them.
Sorry about all the sadness this week for you.
I love the Remember Me you are going to stitch!

Pokey said...

Ah, Mary, what a week...I love your Momma's piece, sewn into paper. A reminder of our fragile selves, with the Master's threads woven in. Yes, "Remember Me" is a perfect sentiment of your days. I'm thinking of you, dear heart.
hugs, pokey

Elizabethd said...

You are right, stitching is calming and brings back the peace to one's soul. so sorry you have had a sad week.

Christine said...

Stitching is soothing for me too, Mary.
Thoughts and prayers go out to you through this tough time.

Melanie said...

I never like change and that includes losing those I love. Stitching has a way of healing those hurts. Blackbird Designs are one of my favorite fabric and embroidery designers. They never go out of style.

Hope Spring enters your weekend.

Mandi @ Sweetly Home said...

I've struggeled to read this post because just as you and Aunt Nancy had tears in your eyes, so do I. Someday I would love that piece. I'd cherish it forever. I do miss her so.

Mom, what Aunt died?? Love you.s

Sara said...

So sorry that your day and week has been filled with such sadness.

Thinking of you...

Anonymous said...

Mary, what a touching post. Yes, seems like strange things are happening all around us, and I pray that the peace of God will hold your heart in Christ Jesus. Quiet days are good for the soul, and I hope yours experienced healing today. Sending love your way...Debbie

Siobhán said...

Oh Mary, what a sad, bittersweet, beautiful post. Your mother's piece--how beautiful! I'm sure you treasure it. I really need to get that Remember Me piece now. I have about four other Rewards of Merit pieces that I tell myself I have to finish before I can indulge myself with more stash, but I think it's a must have. Enjoy yours!

Angie Berry ~ Berry Homespun Primitives said...

Goodness girl, that piece was fitting for all the things that were going on at that time. Thankfully, God blesses us with precious memories to live on with us for the rest of our lives.