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Friday, June 13, 2008

Something I want you all to remember

I don't know how many of you followed Tim Russert's career. For me, he was a part of Sunday breakfast every day for more than half of my life, ranging from the time when I was a kid who thought he was boring to more recently when I appreciate the insight his show offered, no matter the subject. Tim Russert passed away suddenly this afternoon and I have been watching his friends and his NBC "family" eulogize him for the last several hours.

One of the things people keep coming back to is that Tim Russert strongly believed that we are obliged to help anyone who is less fortunate that us, and that when you do so, it really is proof if not of a higher power than at least of the human capacity to step outside of oneself and consider someone else.

If any of you are ever having a low day or a low time, if you ever have one of those days where you feel like you are not leaving your footprint on this world, please please please consider the following.

Every hat you make and send is warming someone's head that would not have been warm.

Every pair of mittens or gloves that you make is warming someone's hands that would not have been warm.

Every blanket or afghan you make is giving someone comfort and a sense of being cared for that they otherwise would not have had.

Every square you make that you send to people piecing together blankets does the same.

Even though you may never see these people to whom you have sent out these little gifts, you all have participated in changing and improving countless lives.

And let me tell you something else.

For years... YEARS , I have had a dream to work with other people to send out hand-made items to charities that need such things, and to all of you who cheerlead or donate or offer your ideas and suggestions, you have improved my life by helping me live out my dream.

You are all special. Don't ever forget it. Don't ever doubt it. That's my best wish for anyone who has ever been in this community and anyone who may join in the future.

1 comment:

Priscilla said...

Thank you so much for this post. I know that what we do is important, but there are those moments when I am trying to find a balance between life and work (and sometimes knitting and crocheting) and I wonder if it is worth the struggle. I really appreciate your reminder that it is.

I too feel terrible about Tim Russert. He was just so calm and reasonable, and yet he got answers to his questions from politicians who specialize in never giving straight answers.

And finally, I am glad to know that we are helping you achieve your dream. I know that I have really enjoyed being part of this group for the past year, and you all have really motivated me to do more than I would have thought possible. So I have to say thank you for that as well.

And now I need to go make another preemie hat!