No fireworks
Monday July 04th 2022, 10:08 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,Knitting a Gift

Grieving Highland Park, the morbid and angry thought on this Fourth of July was, What could be more American these days than a mass shooting with innocent parade-watchers shot dead?

And please, please, please, can we vote out the people who are okay with us having more of these?

So I picked up the needles to create a little solace.

Now, here’s where I admit out loud that all along, there’s been this feeling hovering around this baby blanket of, this isn’t going to be the only one.

Yonder daughter came over. Loved that I was making it.


She’d been really hoping I’d make a white cashmere/cotton one like the one I made her other close friend, so beloved still by that baby who’s now five that when they moved to the mom’s native New Zealand and left nearly all their belongings behind, that blanket came with. Not having it was unthinkable.

She wanted that level of passionately loving this blankie again, and she just couldn’t see it in wool (side note: to which she’s allergic), no matter how nice. As for cultural reactions, she reassured me that whatever the immigrant grandparents might think, the prospective parents are thoroughly American and white is no problem at all.

Okay, I’m at 11″, let me just finish this one first because someone is going to need it to be already done and I just don’t know when nor who they are yet. It still feels like the right thing to be spending this time right now on, and I’ll have months to get the other ready.

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The shooting was tragic … fortunately, they captured the guy nearby, in the town where I grew up. It definitely has more impact when you recognize the streets and highway.

On a slightly happier note, we discovered we could see the local fireworks display from our front yard!

Comment by Anne 07.04.22 @ 10:58 pm

I was already not in the celebration mood, with the Dobbs decision. Then I read about the Illinois shooting and that blunted all optimism. I listened to fireworks going off all around our neighborhood, sounding like gunshots. And thought of Ukraine.

Comment by DebbieR 07.05.22 @ 7:40 am

I thought long and hard before posting this but I was sad to read that your daughter thought so little of the feelings of the immigrant grandparents. Will a white cashmere/cotton one really be loved more by the child?

Comment by Karen W. 07.05.22 @ 8:22 am

Karen makes a fair point. The answer is, she did to some extent, and asked me first to use earthy but baby-friendly pastels (which I didn’t mention because there were none to be had in that yarn.)

None of the surviving grandparents will be living anywhere near them and won’t be part of their day-to-day, much though they would all love to be. So that factored in.

Comment by AlisonH 07.05.22 @ 12:04 pm

Well, you’ll have a good start on it when you do find out who the red one is for!

Comment by ccr in MA 07.05.22 @ 12:36 pm

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