Quilts for the Kims
I've probably mentioned a time or two that I have a Masters in Counseling and my professional life has been devoted to working with kids. This is one of many short stories I have in a resource cabinet - designed to open discussion about grief and loss. I've always thought it a touching point of view.
My quilt square depicts this short story and I will send the story along with it:
"In the bottom of an old pond lived some grubs who could not understand why none of their group ever came back after crawling up the lily stems to the top of the water. They promised each other that the next one who was called to make the upward climb would return and tell what had happened to him. Soon one of them felt an urgent impulse to seek the surface; he rested himself on the top of a lily pad and went through a glorious transformation which made him a dragonfly with beautiful wings. In vain he tried to keep his promise. Flying back and forth over the pond, he peered down at his friends below. Then he realized that even if they could see him they would not recognize such a radiant creature as one of their number.
The fact that we cannot see our friends or communicate with them after the transformation which we call death is no proof that they cease to exist."
by Walter Dudley Cavert
© 1944, 1971
Excuse my poor photo. It's night-time, I had to use the flash, and this is too big to fit on my scanner. The block is mostly pink, but I used blue and green for the Lily stems and pond. I included round flowers in the background - to represent the circle of life & there is one flower to represent each family member.
Labels: Quilts for the Kims