I thank those of you who shared Clint's "final journey" with us. I hope you found inspiration and encouragement as we shared the good and bad moments over the last months until Clint found his way home to Jesus on December 3, 2004. As we journey through the next season of our lives, perhaps something I share here will help others who are also making this painful journey.
Another day rolled around as they tend to do. I worked on the shawl while watching a few shows. I was four rows into the third set of repeats when it came time to head to rehearsal. Opening the new garage door, I saw how easily it could get away from me! Rehearsal went well. Debi was back from her trip so we talked for quite a while afterwards. I didn’t realize it was so late but as ten o’clock approached, Bill was wondering where I was. Oops! I have a little knitting time left before I need to hit the sack.
As children bring their dreams to parents
With tears for them to mend.
I brought my broken dreams to God
Because He was my friend.
But then instead of leaving Him
In peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help
In ways that were my own.
At last I snatched them back and cried,
“How can you be so slow?”
“My child,” He said, “What could I do?
You never did let go.” - Unknown
The official word about the wreck yesterday near us came out just after I posted last night. Here is an edited version of the newspaper article. "A hit-and-run driver struck and killed the driver of a golf cart. After striking the golf cart, the man fled in his car, T-boning another vehicle a few hundred feet away. The car driver then fled into a house, where he hid for some time until deputies were able to arrest him. The driver of the golf cart died at the scene, and the passenger was taken to the hospital. The driver of the T-boned vehicle was also taken to the hospital." The road was closed for about four hours. I still have no idea why a golf cart was on the road. I have never seen one out here. Daniel, one of our neighbors, witnessed the accident while waiting to pick up his kids at the bus stop on our road. He said the perp was doing about 70 mph when he passed him. Daniel ran to help. The perp had already fled the scene. Looking inside the perp’s car, Daniel spotted an open can of beer laying on the floor of the driver’s side. The perp may very well have been holed up in someone’s house on our road before his arrest. At least he was caught and is in jail.
Today’s excitement was having the new garage door installed. It took the guy most of the day to do the job but we now have a white lightweight door. The installer told me to be sure I hold onto the door when I lift it so it doesn’t disappear. I guess that is what the cord hanging by the door is for. I always wondered. He hadn’t been gone long before it was time for me to head into Key Center for knit night. I planned to take the shawl piece to show but forgot. I did remember to take Ellie’s birthday sweater. As I passed the scene of yesterday’s accident on my way to and from Key Center, I could see all the marks on the street for the three vehicles. It certainly makes you realize how quickly a life can be snuffed out. Such a senseless tragedy.
To be the best, you must be able to handle the worst. - Unknown
On the way to Fiber Friends yesterday I came across a black pickup truck that turned out to be an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle. There were lights flashing on the truck and there was a white sports car pulled over in front of the truck. One of the FF gals told me they also have an unmarked Jeep and a sports car that they use. Interesting… Then, as I was headed out last night, I passed a sheriff coming onto our street. When I got up to the corner intersection, another sheriff passed me. I wondered if he was headed to meet up with the other sheriff. That will remain a mystery. I got a little more done on Ellie’s sweater. I decided to put a lace panel down both fronts and the middle of the back to keep it from being just boring stockinette stitches to knit. I closed the computer at 12:15 and went to bed. Bill was out the door early this morning so I had the house to myself for several hours. I could have gone along but he always makes a lot of stops and that is not my idea of fun. Barbara shared a link about the anniversary of when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980. “The deadliest mainland U.S. earthquake in modern history happened 37 years ago today killing 57 people and spreading ash across 11 states.” I was living in Maryland at the time and we got ash there. Less explosive was a short rehearsal tonight. We are only doing four songs as Larry and Vonnie will be doing a little program with their puppets. This will be done so they can share the InFaith ministry they have joined. I got word from Ellie tonight that her nephew passed away suddenly so we won’t be able to have Fiber Friends at her house on May 26. It doesn’t look like anything is going on at our meeting spot at the church so I sent the church secretary an email to see if can meet there.
The more you have the less you can give, and the less you have the more you can give. - Mother Teresa
I was done knitting the garter stitch part of the yoke on Ellie’s sweater by 12:15 last night. Yeah, I was supposed to be in bed but we know how that goes! I was amazed that I never got sleepy yesterday after only five hours’ sleep. I had a few yawns at one point but they passed and that was it. And the clock ticked on… As the clock ticked, I thought about Reign’s upcoming high school graduation on June 10. We have not received an invitation so I decided to look up and see how it works. I read that “Each student will receive 8 tickets after returning all books, paying all fines/fees/etc., and COMPLETING checkout. Additional tickets may be PURCHASED for $5.00 each through the main office starting May 1st, students will get the additional tickets at check-out time.” Well, check-out is on June 9 and the graduation is June 10. We can’t get tickets unless Dawn stands out front and gives them to us. This is crazy!
There were eight of us at Fiber Friends today. I worked on the Vinkel Vest, trying to finish the final corner. I still had 12 or so stitches left to bind of when our time run out. I came home and by three o’clock I was in bed for a nap since I was up longer than intended last night…..again! The timer I set went off at 4:15. I heard it but thought it was in my dream. Fortunately, it rang again and when I realized it was not in my dream, I got up. I grabbed a quick bite, responded to someone’s question from my Etsy shop and then it was time to get ready and head off to The Blend to knit some more. I finished the final corner of the Vinkel Vest while there. It was at this point I realized I measured the wrong part for the “sleeve.” I had six inches instead of nine. Grrr… After I’ve put this much effort into it I want it to be done right so I’ll have to rip back and add the three inches on the sleeve. I won’t bother with it until Ellie’s sweater is done.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe. - Albert Einstein