Don’t let the turkeys get you down
Tuesday September 11th 2007, 5:46 pm
Filed under: Life

Posted with permission.

There are times when no gesture you can think of is enough, but you have to
do something. Something.

And so it was that I sent off that copy of “Don’t Let the Turkeys Get You
Down,” along with a baby alpaca shawl. (What? You think I wouldn’t send
some knitting with it? Now hey, come on.) It seemed utterly inadequate,
especially the book, butttt… If there was any chance I could get her to

Her group works on contract, and they were nearing the end of their contract year.
Her boss wanted everyone to put in the kind of workweek that medical
residents do, to try to make themselves valuable so they would get renewed.

Only one problem with that for her: Saturday a week ago, she was the victim
of a violent crime. Tuesday, she was out of the hospital to show up in court
so the judge would not grant bail. (He was going to; he saw her there
and changed his mind.) And Monday, got a restraining order, just in case.

Meantime, I had that package flying to her. A guy with a knife is a heck of
a lot more than a turkey, my stars, but it’s what I had.

Now, that thing should have arrived sooner for what I spent on postage,
but–somehow, things work out. Today, she got laid off and told to clean
out her desk. She had fully expected to be continuing there.

And came home, and there was that package at last. Don’t let the turkeys
get you down, hon. She told me she cried…and, somehow, through it all,
looking at those silly Sandra Boynton turkeys, she laughed. And cried some
more. And wrapped herself in a long-distance a
lpaca-knit hug from her friend and smiled.  (She added that last sentence.)

If you ever think the gesture you’re thinking of isn’t enough, know that
sometimes you’ll never know. But the message in the trying is important
enough to put yourself out there and offer the effort.

Meantime, the knitting continues with the occasional break.

blue ice packs

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Oh my goodness! Send her an extra hug from me–that’s all so horrifying!

Hey, are you starting a post-pics-of-your-freezer thing? That would be funny. 😉

Comment by Carina 09.11.07 @ 6:46 pm

Hooray for good knitting and smiles! They can go so far when they’re really needed. *hugs*

Comment by Amy 09.12.07 @ 5:49 am

K – my heart goes out to you! You’re a brave woman (and have a great friend). Alison – you’re the best.

Comment by Niki 09.12.07 @ 6:40 am

Isn’t it great that when you can’t wrap your arms around someone you can give them a knitted hug? I’m sure your friend will think of you whenever she puts it on. Please let her know that someone she doesn’t know is praying for her and sending loving thoughts.

Comment by Judy 09.12.07 @ 9:49 am

What a horrible thing to have happen, then turn around and lose your job. Alison, your act of kindness could not have come at a better time for her.

I think the pic of the ice packs is refering to the knitting frenzy that Alison has been on.

Comment by Sonya 09.12.07 @ 12:35 pm

I’m glad you could make a difference to her.

Much love.

Comment by kristine 09.12.07 @ 3:49 pm

That is a beautiful gesture of love and support (and of course dashed with knitting magic). I’m sure the recipient will forever treasure both the book and the knitting. Thank you for making the world a little bit better 🙂

Comment by Bonnie Zink 09.12.07 @ 7:42 pm

Wow you weren’t kidding about a stack of blue ice for your hands – YIKES!!

I think the present came exactly when it was needed – Everything that happened to your friend was horrible just horrible – but I think the losing her job like that would have been the last straw without your present waiting for her.

Comment by rho 09.12.07 @ 9:32 pm

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