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Knitting for peace
Created By: Ann Bresingham

My father died in 2005 of lung cancer. Shortly after his funeral, his sister, my Aunt Sharon, brought my mom a knitting basket--filled with supplies and a "how-to" book to get started, She sat with my mom and taught her how to make fashionable scarves...and through each scarf, my mother worked through her grief. We've all benefitted from her endeavors, receiving several of these works of passion in beautiful colors. While my mom was still grieving, my aunt gave her a gift of peace that took her mind away, if even for a few hours, to something positive and creative.

Two years later--this past Christmas--my mom hit a tough point in her grief. The holidays are still difficult, this being only the second Christmas without my dad. She has had her own health struggles recently and the two combined seemed to drown her in depression. Not knowing what to do to help, I asked her if she could simply teach me to knit. Although her arthritis wouldn't allow her to knit often or for long, she was able to teach me how to make the fashionable scarves she made for us. Within a month an a half, I was thrilled to be able to knit my mom a scarf of her own...whether or not it was as fashionable as hers is still up for grabs, but it was made with love and she wears it.

What started out as a way to help my mom, has unintentionally turned into a way to also help me. I had focused so much on worrying about her and her grief that I didn't realize how my own grief was gnawing at me still. Not only had I lost my dad, but I also lost my first born son 13 years ago. Knitting through the anniversary of my dad's death, and just one month later the anniversary of my first born son's death...I was able to get through those days with a sense of peace I had not had before.

In the end, who would have ever thought that yarn and needles could take someone from the depths of depression into the brightness of a new day...with a new fashionable scarf to wear out! Who needs a little pink pill when you've got that!



 
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