So this is what I found coming in the door from the grocery - something that I hate to do is grocery shopping - so it was so fun to come home to a package. Instantly, my husband said, "Did you buy more yarn?" - I told him no & had him feel how heavy the package was - no way was this yarn!
So I open it up & get a card from my Secret Santa...Simone (dont you just love that name!!!)
Then look what else was in my box....
The first thing I noticed were barretts. I LOVE beautiful barretts but hate to buy them because they are so expensive!!!! I got not one, not two - but THREE pairs of gorgeous barretts. Then I got a package of soaps & lotions - yummy! Also a coffee mug with the cutest puppy on it (you all know I love me some doggies!) & the mug was FULL of chocolates!! (Gotta keep the hubs away from that!)
THEN - yeah, we're still NOT done!!! There was a Knitting Journal! Now I've seen this journal in stores through the years & have always wanted to get it but chose instead to purchase yarn. I have picked up this journal & thumbed through it many times so I instantly knew what it was!!! Now its mine!!!! How cool....
Now the best part - get ready for the tears!!!! - There was a beautiful silk wrapped package & I could hear metal hitting - I looked at my husband & said, "Knitting Needles?" - but on the outside was a letter from Simone. OH MY - the story brought tears to my eyes & caused my husband's jaw to drop. I have to share what it says.... if you feel this is long - its worth it - believe me!
Although the knitting needles are old & used, they hold a special significane - the knitting together of friendships.
I met Inja while our daughters trained at a USA gymnastics training center. Her husband was a pastor at Crystal Cathedral & together, they were raising two great kids. Howard was born & raised in California but as God works in his own way, he brought them together in Korea, where he met Inja at a church service.
Theirs was a love that many romance books could be written about. He clearly loved her & Howard was her world.
Unexpectedly, Howard suffered a heart aneurysm without warning & passed away leaving Inja distraught & ready to give up. She cried out to God to take her. She didn't want to live, yet, her children needed her.
God knitted together a friendship between the two of us. Here we were - a Korean woman with extreme talent in knitting, sewing, cooking & me, an African American woman, who also loved to cook & create but from a totally different culture - Yet, we spoke the same language because of our love for God.
She shared with me her passion for creating with her hands. I shared with her the gift of laugher.
Slowly, what was once ashes became beauty. She cried but at times, there were tears of happiness & not from sadness. She missed the love of her life tremendously, but found hope to live & breathe again.
Inja wanted to share her passion of knitting with me so she gave me a gift of tons of knitting supplies as well as needles. I had tucked them away & hoped that I would find someone that would enjoy them as much as she did.
And with you, my secret santa..... I give you a treasured gift.
OK - I am ready to cry again!!!! I cant thank Simone enough for sharing the story with me as well as the knitting needles. As you can see - the packages are weathered over time & are very old. There is a set of needles with the cost being 25 cents & another for 75 cents.
The thing that really hit me even more is my friendship with my dear Stephanie who has passed away & how knitting was such a huge part of our lives & how we would tell stories & become sisters while yarn was in our hands. And I look at my friendships now - & how knitting has been such a big part of developing the wonderful relationships.
And now, a person I have never met in person - & have never heard of before today - has shared with me a touch of her friendship that involved knitting..... I will truly cherish these needles - I will put them with all the knitting supplies of Stephanie's that I still have as well. Another story to tell when someone asks why those needles are seperated & what they mean.
This gift is the best gift anyone could have given me.....I can feel it from the heart.....
Thank you Simone.... My Holidays have truly been kicked off in the best way possible!!!!