Most likely we all woke up this morning and tuned into the tragic, developing news unfolding as I write this, in Connecticut. I planned to write this post today, but hesitated because it just didn't seem right to be typing away on my little blog while this horrible scenario unfolds.
But as I thought about it and needed to keep busy waiting for the inevitable horrific numbers, involving children, I thought what better sentiment to write about than "paying it forward".
Seems like our world could use a bit more of the Pay It Forward philosophy in showing gratitude, generosity of spirit and thinking of others.
I have a very good "bloggy" friend, Pat from Corn in My Coffeepot, . She and I exchange many emails in addition to commenting on each other's blogs as the days and weeks have become a couple of years now.
In January, I believe it was, Pat posted an idea of a "Pay It Forward" chain of people, with her blog as the conduit for the launch point after people signed up. The idea was to pay it forward to another person in the blogosphere with a homemade gift of your choice with the only restriction being that it be done before the end of the year.
Fast forward to December. Procrastinators unite!!!
Not Pat, but me. But I did it. Mailed it this week and I sure hope Pat cracks a little smile when she sees my homemade attempt. (And I hope it survived the mailing experience).
I received my gift from Pat earlier in the month and was so excited when I saw her name and return address because I knew she had created something special.
I wasn't disappointed. Pat is a gifted crochet-artiste and I've admired many of her items in her ETSY shop over time, even purchasing a sweet pumpkin garland for the autumn season.
Thank you Pat for my Pay It Forward gift:
A pretty Christmas themed garland with Christmas Trees and snowflakes. It hangs on my hutch that contains many of my favorite treasures.
Pat also included these pretty, yet functional dish cloths - dare I use them for such?
It seems a shame to get them dirty, but Pat assures me they can be popped in the washing machine come out as good as new.
Please stop by Pat's blog Corn in My Coffepot when you have a chance. She's a woman with a big heart, a huge amount of knowledge and skill and an ETSY shop full of homemade goodies and vintage items.
Words are not enough,
but our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the events of today in Connecticut.