Sadness, anger, and a consuming feeling of helplessness have conspired to thwart the blogging these past few days. A co-worker of Herr Becher's went in for knee surgery on Tuesday and will not be waking up. Mention was made of taking this thirty-eight year old husband and father of five off life support today and though I didn't know him personally, the grief I feel at his family's loss is overwhelming. A simple, out-patient procedure has instead become a tragedy; a series of unfortunate mistakes by hospital staff and cutting corners on equipment have robbed a family of the rest of this man's life. Five children who won't have their father's arms to hug them, to take embarrassing photos as they get ready for their first day of school, to help them with their geometry homework, to help them move into their first college dorm room... or to walk them down the aisle on their wedding day. A wife robbed of her man's shoulder to lean on, the warmth of his body next to her in bed, his help in raising their babies together and having, at last, her lover all to herself, as the kids grow up and become independent.
All the things we take for granted can be gone in an instant. Go kiss your love, hug your kids, turn a blind eye to the chores waiting for you and spend time just loving your family. As we approach the holiday season, take some time to pray for this family.
If you are interested in making a quilt block (or many), I'm taking all interested participants and we'll build quilts for this family. Contact me at camillaknitsATgmailDOTcom if you'd like to be a part of covering this family in your love this winter. Scrappy-style is great. Make it a solid 12.5 inches, and if you want more details, contact me at the addy above. C