Just Life

Slow Me Down.

My neighbor Tom was moved to inpatient hospice care Friday evening.  Our little neighborhood is in a waiting place.

Sunday afternoon in our neighborhood
When I find myself failing to notice the beauty of a moonlit night, the abundance of harvests fruits and vegetables, the perfection of clouds agains a blue sky, slow me down and give me gratitude and reverence for all your gifts. 
~ from my Lenten devotion, p. 57

I started a shawl for my friend Renie (Tom’s wife). Knitting Kidsilk Haze on size 5 needles … is certainly slowing me down. I didn’t realize quite how perfect the project was until I read those words this morning.

14 Comments

  • Bonny

    Sending wishes for peace and healing for all concerned. The end is always difficult, but hospice has provided my family with everything we needed (and many wonderful things we didn't even know we needed) for three family members. They are very special people, and I hope Tom and Renie will benefit from the care, peace, and comfort they provide.

  • Carole Julius

    I'm sorry about your friend Tom. I think it's lovely that you are doing so thoughtful for Renie, and I know you will feel the benefits of your meditative knitting time, too.

  • margene

    I am so sorry for the loss of Tom for both you and to your community. I just lost a very dear friend and hospice was wonderful in her last hours. My heart is with you as you find balance and peace.

  • Bridget

    I'm sorry to hear about your friend, but hospice care is so wonderful, at least his family won't have to worry that he isn't getting whatever he needs. Slowing down and thinking about the value of life, love, and friendship will definitely make that shawl even lovelier. Take care.

  • HonorĂ©

    Blessings to you and especially your neighbors. Thank you for being there during these tough times. Take care and slowing down does indeed help.

  • Vera

    So sorry to hear this, but echoing others, hospice care is so wonderful – a gift for all. Enjoy your meditative knitting and I'm sure Renie will feel your love when she wears her shawl.

  • Debbie

    I am sorry to hear about your friend and have offered a prayer for peace & comfort for your friend & all who love & care for him. Blessings to you.

  • Patty

    Sending love and prayers to you and to Tom and Renie. May his time in hospice be peaceful and all that he and his family need. Our family has also been the recipient of wonderful care through hospice. xo