Yesterday Becky and I went out to lunch with Barb, our sister in law. It was a gorgeous day and after lunch at Applebee’s we stopped at Walmart where they were just getting plants put out for sale. Racks and racks of ferns in hanging baskets for only $12.88!
Isn’t it beautiful? I think I’ll go back and buy another one or two. I also bought a pot of hen and chicks to plant in the rock garden.
And two Rex begonias —-
Oh, I’m thinking I’ll be in big trouble this spring when all the greenhouses open. Once again I think about last year and how depressed I was and I don’t think I bought any plants at all! Plants are good for the soul!
Back to our day yesterday. I gave the quilts to Barb and she was overcome. She cried and I told her I hoped these quilts wouldn’t cause her pain and sadness. In time I think she’ll become accustomed to see Jim’s shirts in her home once again. We talked about certain shirts that made an impact on the process of making each quilt. For example two of the dress shirts were very thin fabric which was a challenge to work with. Some shirts were very thin from wear and tear – he wore those when it was hot because they were cool. She knew when he wore each shirt, for what occasion, who he received the shirt from if it was a gift – it was a special moment.
I told her I wanted to take a picture of her with the quilts even though she was crying. These are powerful pictures of a woman who lost her husband of 60 years and who has been reunited with the shirts he wore on his body. I know you will feel the sadness as I did.
Next winter I’ll make two more quilts so Barb and the three kids will each have a quilt. This was a special day that I won’t forget – I doubt Barb will forget either. Becky also tried to tell her how much I loved making the quilts when she asked if she could pay me. I will decide which patterns I will use before next winter but for right now I’m heading outside to do yard work. I’ll catch up with all of you this evening.