Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Patches of Love

Poetry isn't my specialty but every once in a while, something will inspire me and Brook's recent interest in Maw-Maw's quilts(my husband's grandmother) has sparked a few tears and short poem. This is what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving...Patches of Love. Though Brook never heard her voice, this lady was so sweet she called everyone 'Sugar'. Brook enjoys hearing about her now...and how each patch of her quilts was sewn with love.

Patches of Love
by Val Blakely

When you look at me, what do you see,
Just a blanket of rags or sheer beauty?

Look at the flowers and think of a time,
I planted the mums near the tree that you'd climb.

Look at the dots and see me again,
Cooking home-made biscuits for your Dad and his friend.

Look at the stripes and remember for me,
Picking blackberries out back, as far as the eye could see.

Tell your children these stories, take the time if they ask,
To pass down the love from generations past.

In loving memory...

Brook has really enjoyed the little stories I tell her about what all MawMaw might have been doing when she once wore those patches. She would never discard a garment just because it had aged or even torn. She would cut them into little patches and with love in every stitch, sew them together until she was satisfied that it would keep not only her children and grandchildren warm, but her great grandchildren as well. Thank you Maw Maw, your quilts will continue to warm our hearts.


Laura's medical journey said...

wow that quilt is gorgeous! I started knitting squares to make a quilt but i stopped half way through maybe i will continue it next year! :) Mawmaw sounds like a real character! x

Tracy said...

awwwwwwww reminds me of my grandmother, I still use quilts she made, they are so special to me.
Ohhhh how I miss my grandmother. :-(

Tiffani said...

Val, that's a lovely poem. And the quilt is beautiful. That's a great way to share memories with your kiddos.

Jodi Cutler Del Dottore said...

You are so deep and beautiful...thanks for sharing those words...hugs to the kidlings. Happy Thanksgiving!!! love, Jodi and fam.

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tammy said...

That's so touching! You really do have a way with words! Beautiful.