49. The Lift of a Gift

Life at This Green House has been pretty difficult the past couple of weeks.

There has been illness in the family, and our sweet little Mom, who had suffered from Alzheimer’s, passed away at the age of 92.Ruth at 90

So, imagine my surprise and delight today to open an unexpected parcel in the mail from my friend, quilter extraordinaire and nationally-acclaimed quilt teacher Heather Stewart. Inside the big box was a red and purple quilt (my favourite colours). Forty-eight blocks (my favourite number!) No one has ever given me a quilt. Out of the blue. For no particular reason.red quilt

Heather’s accompanying letter tells me:

“The enclosed gift was made at a retreat that I attended in January. When I got it done, I knew it was yours! Who else would like such a “red” quilt? It’s my hope this quilt keeps you warm on those damp days. I’ll picture you snuggled under it reading a book in front of the fireplace.”

Heather could not have known about my sadness at this time, nor what a lift such a generous gift would give me. Unless she’s got e.s.p.

Today is extra special, because I also learned that my family member’s latest tests came back clear, and that is just the best news I could hope for.

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8 thoughts on “49. The Lift of a Gift

  1. What a wonderful gift; unexpected, from the heart and the coincidence of perfect timing. Your post reminded me how each of us has our own issues to deal with, day to day and how much kindness can make a difference. Thanks for sharing.

  2. “Lift of a Gift”? “Gift of a Lift”, too, right? Makes you really want to pay it forward.

  3. This is such a lovely post. In the midst of your sadness, to receive such a wonderful unexpected gift – it must warm your heart when you need it the most. It’s simply gorgeous, by the way – Enjoy.

    And my sympathies on the loss of your dear mother.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week.


  4. What a special gift! I’m sure you will cherish it always. So sorry for your loss. Your Mom had the sweetest smile!

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. I lost my Daddy to Alzheimer’s nearly three years ago. Although I miss him so much, I am happy that his suffering ended. Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Sometimes special remembrances arrive at a time when we need them the most. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  6. Shane, from New Zealand, emailed me with this comment:
    Hello Gail

    To receive such a beautiful gift just out of the blue, lifts your spirits, how very kind.

    Just treasure all those precious memories you have of your dear mother. She is in heaven now – a happy place!

    There is just something about a red quilt that brings real comfort – the warmth of the color maybe!

    Visiting from ‘A Favorite Thing’.

    Take care, Hugs Shane of http://roseslaceandbrocante.blogspot.co.nz/

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