Friday, February 24, 2012

My Sister's Scarves



When my sister, Nancy, first lost her hair from chemo in 2005, I started sewing scarves...


and I didn't stop for five years.


I thought I was making the scarves to help Nancy but I realize now that I was doing it to help myself  too.

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The sicker Nancy got, the more I sewed...





Nancy had a scarf for every occasion...


for her favorite cat...


 her favorite team...


and for every holiday.


Her 3rd grade students loved the fact that "Mrs. Tufts" always had the perfect scarf for every classroom party!



She kept them pinned to a little clothesline in her bedroom.


 I made so many scarves that Nancy couldn't possibly wear them all...


 so we began to make scarves to donate to other women going through chemo.



Monday night, Nancy's husband, Aaron, stopped by...


to bring me Nancy's scarves.

Holding them flooded me with memories...I held my nose to them to try to smell Nancy...to feel her with me again.


A few days have passed. I think I'm ready to let go of Nancy's scarves. Tomorrow I'll wash and iron them to donate to the Maine Womens' Cancer Center.


And while I'm at it, maybe I'll finish all the rest of them that are cut out and ready to be sewn up...so that other women can wear them.




I think Nancy would like that.

In loving memory of my sister, Nancy Tufts
1952 - 2010

10 comments:

Pamela Gordon said...

Oh Cheryl, Nancy would be so proud of you. This post brought a tear to my eye even though I didn't know Nancy and only met you a couple months ago. I think this is a thoughtful gesture and so many women will appreciate your generosity. The scarves are really pretty and will make someone else feel special as they fight this terrible disease. God bless you! Hugs, Pamela

Cozy Little House said...

Indeed I think she would like that very much. You are a very loving sister. And I can tell you were devoted to her. She must have loved you dearly.
Brenda

Vickie said...

This made me cry, Cheryl. What a sweet gesture that you made all those for her and continued to make them. And now that you're donating them. I know Nancy would be proud of you and glad that others will be benefiting from your kind heart.

Vickie said...

This made me cry, Cheryl. What a sweet gesture that you made all those for her and continued to make them. And now that you're donating them. I know Nancy would be proud of you and glad that others will be benefiting from your kind heart.

Debbie P. said...

That is so sweet. Your sister was beautiful!

Perfectly Printed said...

Lovely!! What a wonderful, friend,and sister you are! And so generous to think of others!

chris

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

What a wonderful post! Your love for those suffering from cancer is so special! I'm sure Nancy is smiling from above!!!

Chris said...

Hi Cheryl, how beautiful. What a wonderful sister you are and I'm sure Nancy is looking down on you and smiling. Thanks so much for sharing. Hugs, Chris
http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

She would love that! What a wonderful act of kindness to donate them!!

DogsMom said...

Hugs. This is a wonderful idea and I know it is a big step to be ready to do it.
Nancy is watching over you and letting you know she approves.