Thanksgiving Quilt of Many Memories. For so many years, I encouraged, implored, and shamed Joe about wearing and saving his ratty t-shirts. He assured me each and every one was an important part of “Cole’s inheritance.” Turns out, he was right. Thank you Rebekah Russell! Joe’s t-shirt quilt is beautiful beyond anything we could have imaged, and we love it! Cole suspects his dad is laughing hard at getting the last word – one of many, I might add.
Our friends, David, Johnny and Andrea, were holding the quilt with Cole. It was bittersweet as all of them pointed to the t-shirts Joe was best known for wearing. The White Sox shirt (David noted this was where Joe turned traitor), the t-shirt with Cole’s baby foot print made for Joe’s first Father’s Day, the black tie-dye t-shirt, faded, worn, but still appropriate for almost any occasion, the bear t-shirt Cole brought Joe from Yellowstone, and the several coach t-shirts commemorating Joe’s love for coaching AYSO soccer.
It would be easy to want to take this quilt and protect it from dog hair and life’s messes, but then that would miss the point entirely, wouldn’t it? So, unfolding Joe’s quilt, tucking it around Rascal and me, I slept soundly last night, and dreamed a Winnie the Pooh quote, – “If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart… I’ll always be with you.”
Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful for You and You and You.
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