Monday, November 14, 2011

Papa Joe


My Grandpa is sick.  It sucks that he's sick.  It sucks that his current treatment plan focuses on keeping him comfortable.  It sucks that I live 2,000 miles away and can't visit with him on a regular basis.

It. All.  Just.  Sucks.  

If I were any closer, I'd be there in a heartbeat and our visit would be much like our last - we'd sit quietly together and talk, and he'd doze for a bit, and then we'd talk and reminisce some more.  And I'd sneak him some verboten candies when Granny wasn't looking


But I don't live closer and I can't be there again, and I'm feeling quite helpless about it all.  My first instinct [as a Jewish woman] is to cook, which is, in this instance, pointless.  My next instinct, which kicked in late in the game, was to quilt.   


So I made this for him this weekend.  It's modern and he's not.  I made it in his Alma Mater's colors of scarlet and grey, only remembering after the whole thing was quilted that he's red-green color blind; it'll probably look like a big brown blob to him.  He might not love the aesthetics of it.  He doesn't really have to.  He just needs to know that it was made especially for him - that I labored over every creative decision to make it worthy of the man that he is.


I hope it keeps his body warm.  I hope it keeps his heart warm. I hope he knows how much I love him.

12 comments:

Kelly said...

i have tears in my eyes! this is so sweet and precious, jules. your papa will love it.

Daddy Geek Boy said...

This post breaks my heart, BD.

CitricSugar said...

Beautiful.

It is never easy to be away from someone you care about when they're not well. It's never easy when someone you care about is unwell, period. Your family has been added to my list of prayers.

Amy said...

Oh Jules, I am sorry to hear that your Papa is so ill. How could he not love this gesture?

Latifah said...

Oh Jules! :-( I don't have words. But, know that he knows that you love him! The good thing about quilts is that they are multidimensional. Even if he can't see the colors, he can feel the warmth! XOXO

Anita said...

So sorry to hear that your father is ill. My father is sick with a terminal illness but fortunately I live about 30 minutes from him. I hope that you get to spend some time with him soon.

Kelly said...

Such a beautiful post Jules. If we can feel the love with just your words, you know he'll feel it when he's snuggled under that quilt. Don't focus on the quantity of time you get to spend with him, but remember the quality of the time when you do.

molly::applecyder said...

That is the best long distance hug ever. It's beautiful and I really think it can be interpreted as both modern and traditional. I think it is perfect. And I love the "love" selvege (sp?) in the label.

I hope he isn't in too much pain. I hope you are OK too. xo

Monkeysinmypocket said...

My Opa is sick too. It sure does suck. I'm sure your Papa will love it and treasure it just because you made it. It is a lovely quilt and a lovely thing for him to have.

Karen P. said...

your papa is a very blessed man to have you loving him! I'm sure he will be overjoyed at the lovely quilt!

Jacey said...

I heart you, Jules. I know your Papa will love it.

Meg said...

Lovely! He will love it. I hope he feels better soon!