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Created By: Cherie Scogin

A little over a year ago, my mother was in a car accident. We didn't think she had been injured at first, but after a few days it became apparent that something was terribly wrong. It turned out that she had three subdural hemmotomas (sp) on her brain. This was made worse by the fact that she was taking blood thinners to prevent a stroke. She was in the hospital for 5 weeks and then in rehabilitation (both hospital and nursing home) for another 3 months. I won't go into all of the details about what a horrid and painful time that was, suffice to say it was not one of the better times in any of our lives.



While Mom was still in the hospital, a friend of mine made us both prayer shawls. I had never heard of the prayer shawl ministry, so I didn't quite comprehend the meaning behind the beautiful shawls she had made, although I did appreciate the work put into them (although I have an even better appreciation since I've started knitting and crocheting myself). She gave me Mom's first because when she was able to see me, she hadn't quite finished mine. Mom was always complaining about being cold, so the shawl was welcomed by her even though she wasn't able to remember where it came from. When my dear friend left my shawl at my house with a care basket, I was again touched by the work she had put into the shawl.



When I decided to look up prayer shawls on the internet, I was amazed and awed by what my friend had done. She hadn't just spent all that time knitting, she had prayed, thought about us and what she wished for us the entire time she was working on both shawls. What an amazing expression of love, friendship, and sisterhood! But that wasn't the entire story either. She had made the shawls so that they were similar to each other, but not quite the same. She used yarn form the same skeins in both shawls so they would share a connection, just as Mom and I shared a connection. Mom had lived with us for close to seven years, so while she was gone it was really hard for me. One of the things that helped the most was wrapping myself in my shawl as I tried to go to sleep, knowing that Mom was wrapped in hers. This made me feel closer to her when I couldn't be there physically. I cannot express how much this gift meant to me.



Mom was able to come back to live with us after a bit over 3 months even though she was never the same and had to have 24 hour supervision. She continued to wear her shawl whenever she was cold. In April, she suffered a major stroke and left us a week later. I didn't bury her with the shawl because I wanted to do something different with it. I added fringe to Mom's shawl to match mine, and it is now hanging with mine (except when I pull them out to use them). I can't decide if I will give Mom's shawl to one of my sisters or if I will save them and give them to my daughters when they are older so they will always be connected.



I still miss my mother terribly, but whenever I'm feeling down I know I can wrap one or both of those beautiful shawls around me and feel the love of my best friend along with a connection to my mom and her love.


 
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