At the heart of the matter
Friday August 08th 2008, 1:23 pm
Filed under: Friends,Knitting a Gift

meyer lemon tree in August

Teri and I used to chat occasionally via the Knitlist, and I found out her dad was the partner (retired now) of our family’s ENT doctor.  Cool!  So she grew up here.  I snapped this photo of our backyard lemon tree to share a bit of California with her.  She lives in Hawaii these days, and one time, while visiting her folks, she showed up at our house with a box of chocolate-covered Hawaiian macadamias: one of those too-rare times where you get to actually meet a person you’ve known online.  She’s as warm and wonderful in person as she is across the electrons.

I wrote a few days ago about knitting for the staff at Stanford Hospital, and here’s a post from two years ago that is important to me as well.  You’ve got to go see what Teri just did!  Wow!

(Edited to add: Teri got the ball rolling re the plans for yarn and needles in the waiting areas; I hope they follow through.

I have another friend who was hospitalized with a serious illness and baby twins at home she wanted to be taking care of, and she was telling me afterwards about a nursing assistant at Stanford Hospital who was supremely understanding and kind and who took the time to be there for her and her husband: to listen and to make them laugh.  He was such a gifted healer at a time they needed it.  I asked her the guy’s name, sure I already knew…  Was it Noel C.?  Yes!)

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That is so cool. But beyond the amazing heart, I really like the bit at the end about having knitting needles and yarn available in the hospital. I knit my way through last summer like a crazy lady (actually, it kept me sane). I can still tell you what I knit where–hospital or nursing home. And I’m trying to figure out what to bring with me for the c-section. I have to get there early. I’d best have something to keep my mind off worrying about the surgery.

Comment by amy 08.08.08 @ 1:47 pm

I love that heart! And yes, it is a wonderful thing when meeting an online friend results in a real-world friend. I have a couple now, and I am so glad that I took the chance. 🙂

Comment by Jocelyn 08.08.08 @ 4:56 pm

You always have the most heartenwarming stories. Thank you for sharing. Amazing how everything has a way of falling into place for a reason. I’m glad you were able to reconnect with Noel….such a beautiful name!!!

Comment by Joansie 08.08.08 @ 6:00 pm

It’s a small world after all…

That happens often in our small town with a big university in the midst. I like it!

Comment by Channon 08.11.08 @ 5:39 am

That is amazing, what creativity!

Comment by Sonya 08.11.08 @ 6:48 am

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