Months ago I asked on Facebook if anyone in our community could assist me with a knitting project.
My mother was halfway through a sweater when she developed Alzheimers, and forgot how to knit. I can do many things, but knitting isn’t one of them. I wanted to know if there was enough wool left so I could hire someone to complete her project. Carol McIntosh offered to look at it for me. She asked me to drop it off and told me she would let me know, as she had to really put her mind to the 1960s pattern my mom had started with margin notes and a few sizes highlighted!
A short time later she called me and offered to complete the project. Carol finished the sweater with love. I’m sure it wasn’t easy, that it involved a lot of guesswork, and it took more time than she probably thought. She dropped it off to me this week and it was beautiful. But the most beautiful thing was a note she included with the sweater. She thanked me for allowing her to finish my mother’s sweater!
You see, Carol has met my mother. In fact she was one of my dear friends who took her out for lunch a year ago today. My mom and dad lived with us then. It will be my mother’s 88th birthday on Saturday. She is currently in week nine of physical isolation in her seniors residence with my dad. I know this sweater will bring her much joy, much like Carol’s incredibly talented gift has brought me. This is a great community. I am blessed to live here and know the people I do. Friendship is a gift. Life is fleeting. Go out into the world and do well. But also, please, go out in the world and do good. Thanks Carol McIntosh.