Thursday, May 14, 2009
Close to Nowhere
Graduation has been the main topic of conversation around the newspaper office lately.
Not only have we been working on our annual graduation edition; two of the kids here are graduating — Emma Burleson and David Breithaupt.
It’s been exciting, watching all the schools and the kids getting ready to head out into the world.
But... Isn’t there always a “but?”
A few days ago I received another invitation to a graduation. The laughing young girl is beautiful in her photograph and looks very happy and ready to “go!”
Her mom Laura and my daughter Dana are some sort of cousins. Second I think. They grew up together as Laura’s mom Carolyn and I were constant companions.
Carolyn was Pop’s cousin, technically, but she and I were “close as kin” also.
Her granddaughter Miranda is several years older than my oldest, but we enjoyed running with our granddaughters more than we did our daughters, I think.
Carolyn died suddenly several years ago and I still grieve and miss her. She had broken a rib and while I won’t discuss what I think about a couple of emergency rooms, she contracted a serious staph infection and died much too young.
My graduation present to Miranda has been turning over in my brain for a couple years now.
After Carolyn passed away, Laura and I bagged lots of her blouses and stuff up, so I could make quilts for all of them. (I kept her sweaters — when I wear them, I feel hugged again by Carolyn.)
I’ve decided how to make Miranda’s quilt and I have enough stuff to make Laura and her dad both lap quilts also.
I just have one little problem.
I can’t make myself cut up Carolyn’s clothes. I can’t make myself take them out and go through them.
I can’t imagine how I think I’m going to piece them together, if I cry every time I touch one of her favorite things.
But, then I thought — Carolyn would not be very happy with me for this.
She would expect me to get busy and make her granddaughter a graduation quilt. She would laugh and nag me and I would laugh and whine, but the quilts would have been done.
Miranda’s quilt will be late, but she will have it. Her grandmother expected it of me!
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