08 November 2010

I'm Thankful #8 - My Mom's Afghans

There are not many things for which I am thankful. Most of the items on my list are people or experiences or other intangibles, but a few, like Dr Pepper, are real, hold-in-your-hand things. Today I am thankful for a thing. I am thankful for my mom's afghans.

After my mom died 9 1/2 years ago, I was desperate to find something of hers to hold onto. She had very few things. She didn't collect anything. She couldn't wear jewelry. She didn't have a well-worn favorite book. But she did make afghans. Beautiful, crocheted, ripple afghans. I have two that were specifically made for me, and a few more I procured after she died. Billy put one on me when I was sleeping the other night because I "looked cold". I woke up happy. Holding something, snuggling under something, feeling something that my mom held and used and made is a tangible connection. A reminder that when I can't see her face or hear her voice in my head that she was real.


Written Permission said...

This just made me cry. So glad you have something from your mom!!

SassyTimes said...

What a great thing to be thankful for. I wish I could crochet.

Wendy said...

Handmade with love, that's for sure. It's so great that you have those blankets that she made. I have pieces of crochet from my grandmother and I treasure them.