Monday, August 27

Friends and a shawl

It's finally over. A marathon five days of dealing with endless details, overflowing emotions, and saying goodbye. I am shattered, heartsore, and tired in both body and spirit. Now it's time to rest, recoup, and try to find our way back to some form of normalcy. Whatever that may be.

I never truly understood how important friends could be in such situations until the past few days. Friends have held me up when I thought I could no longer stand. They made me smile when all I wanted to do was weep. They helped make an unbearable time bearable. Thank you to each and every one of you.

I also appreciate every email or comment left on my blog about my MIL's passing. Others too have been in my shoes. They know how much a kind word or an email hug can mean. Thank you for your kindness.

The green Cascading Leaves shawl I knit is mine no more. Unbeknownst to me as I knit it one careful stitch at a time, it had a destiny to fulfill. It's woolly softness now unseen, wraps my MIL in an eternal hug. I do not miss the shawl; I do miss the woman it covers.

Goodbye, Mary Alice. Rest in peace.

7 comments:

e's knitting and spinning blog said...

Oh Vicki, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Stash Bustin' said...

Vicki, So Sorry for your loss. I didn't expect to find this when I was looking at free patterns that would be great for stash busting. I have a blog called Stash Bustin Patterns.

www.buststashpatterns.blogspot.com

and I featured your little egg cozys over there. Just wanted to let you know. You were added to the side bar as well.

hugs
Hanane

Kat said...

Vicki, I'm so sorry to hear about your MIL! ((hug))

vanessa said...

vicki, you were so lucky to have a wonderful mother-in-law in your lofe.

what a lovely parting gesture.

terri said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Vicki, but like you said, it's a blessing when someone suffering is free. The first few weeks are the hardest, then you'll feel fine, and then later it will hit you like a wall again. Be sure that your friends will be here for you, and just keep breathing. Peace.

Romi said...

Oh Vicki. I'm so very sorry. How painful and heart wrenching.

And how wonderful that you know your shawl will keep her hugged.

annmarie said...

your final gesture to your mother in law brought tears to my eyes, Vicki.