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It Saved My Husband's Life a Few Times, I Can Tell You
Created By: Donna Smith

When I was a child my favorite person in the whole world was my Great-Aunt Blanche. She was roly-poly, white haired, and blind; but her place was full of things she had crocheted and tatted when she could still see. From the time I was in kindergarten I was assigned to stay with her one night per week so I could go with her wherever she needed to go. It was my honor to tell her the letters or numbers of the buses we had to get on and tell her when the light was green to cross the street and get her into the correctly numbered building and office. I loved those sleepovers with her and once asked her if she could teach me to make the pretty frilly things she had made. Sadly she told me no, that she needed to see to do that, but someday I'd find someone else to teach me.

I never found anyone who could teach me so, as a young mother, I got impatient and went to the library for a "how-to" book. Luckily I found one and have been crocheting and tatting ever since when I could steal an hour here or there.

When my husband's health got shaky, he hated to be alone and insisted I sit with him while he watched television (always boring sports or shoot-em-up movies). This lasted several years. This is where tatting and crochet saved his neck because I could sit with him and respond to his comments, yet still do my thing without going stark raving mad. During the last year of his life, he'd even wake me up in the middle of the night to keep him company & I could do it with a modicum of grace with my latest project in hand. I have good reason to bless my Aunt Blanche for inspiring such a sanity-saving past-time.

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