Sunday, 25 November 2012

Give it away!

Give it away!

“Sacrifice is a part of life. It's supposed to be. It's not something to regret. It's something to aspire to.”

Growing up on a farm, in rural Ireland, had its ups and downs. As a child, you didn’t get to see your friends as often as you would have liked. There weren’t shops nearby to stock up on goodies. However, there was a mobile sweet shop run by ‘Scully’. That’s what he was called. He would arrive at the house any day at anytime. At the sound of his sweet shop, pulling into the yard, we would all scream “Scully!” before running amok in his tiny van. After a good feed of sweets, we would amuse ourselves amongst the farm machinery and vast open spaces. It was the 80’s so health and safety wasn’t talked about! There was one afternoon, when we stumbled across a small open, car trailer. “Speed Wheels!” We poured on, with the trailer poised at the top of a hill with the open road in front of us. One sat on the back, Mai (another of the Middles) sitting on the front, to balance things out and a couple on either side. Speed, apparently, is fun but fear is the getaway. When things got scary, we all jumped but Mai, ill-advised, felt she better stay and steer. We found her at the foot of a large tree, her ankle wedged between the trailer lip and gnarled tree trunk. She took a bullet for us, saving that trailer from destruction at the expense of her own legs! Bless!
An able-bodied Mai, today
There is something about giving a gift, which gives you that warm fuzzy feeling inside. Mai, sacrificing her legs was admirable but giving a gift of knitting is much more 2012. On finding that perfect shade of yarn, the creativity bubbles rise to the surface and project ideas start to flood in.  Although, my presents have become a bit ‘old hat’ and predictable, knitting still takes over! Well, for sure, your boyfriend/ girlfriend, partner, newborn, neighbour, friend or even your own feet will appreciate the gift of a hand-crafted knit. 

Never underestimate the power of giving!

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