Thursday, January 31, 2013
Double Nine Patch For Tom
Last November my brother-in-law fell 12 feet from the barn roof where he was patching a leak. Even though he broke 11 of 12 ribs on one side, punctured his lung, broke his left arm clean through and his pelvis in two places, he's going to be okay. After a week in ICU and several surgeries, he was eventually moved to a rehab hospital. He's been there since Christmas. This weekend he comes home!
During our second visit with him in the hospital, I watched him try to get comfortable in the bed. It was a cold, foggy day. He had the usual cotton, open-in-the-back hospital gown on and the woven cotton blanket they give you. I instantly thought - "This man needs a quilt."
I gave it to him a few weeks ago. He was sitting up in a wheelchair and he held it on his lap. He silently touched the fabric and looked at the colors. "Thank you. It's beautiful." He got real quiet after that. You're never too old to be comforted by a quilt.