Time to put up our feet and knit
Thursday October 06th 2011, 11:13 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,Life,LYS

There was a larger crowd than usual tonight. People turned out; I think we all had an extra need for that sense of community. I got to hold a two-week-old baby wearing the tiniest, finest little handknit socks, to see (among others) a friend who’s been away at grad school, another who’s almost done with her cancer therapy whose presence I have so keenly missed.

She was wearing a pretty handdyed hat knitted by Kelli. Kelli hasn’t been able to knit for I think a year due to severe inflammation in her hands. But. She wanted to do that for her anyway, and so there it was.

Richard explained a little more today about yesterday’s having been weird: there had been reverse-911 robocalls to the Cupertino/Sunnyvale area, so the daycares knew before the school officials had arrived to find out; thus there were a lot of them that simply shut down before the workday started. (Note: the man was found this morning, and he died in a shootout with the police without the loss of any more lives other than his own.)

And so, in the midst of the grief and scare and loss of the day, small children were at the office doing small-child type things: being cute, running around, playing, finding joy in each other’s company and charming everybody while keeping Important Things from getting done, no doubt. New things to explore! New faces to meet! Cool!

And then tonight at Purlescence, surrounded by my friends, I got to hold one of the newest of the new.

I had an obstetrician a goodly while ago who had a poster set prominently in his waiting room, so that it was the first thing you saw when you entered his office suite: “A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.”

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Love the sentiment in that poster. My guy’s apple trees are suddenly blooming, here in October, after hail this spring and a brutally hot summer. I told him that it was one more evidence that Heaven is watching over him. For me, it is a sweet symbol that love, even when it comes later in the season than you expected, is always a miracle. I should probably tell him that, too.

Comment by Lynn 10.07.11 @ 4:17 am

Love that last line… and the photo.

Comment by Channon 10.07.11 @ 8:39 am

Photo: ‘Who dat back dere?’

Comment by Don Meyer 10.07.11 @ 8:59 am

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