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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: Love Blankets
By Karen Treharne


What in the world is the Linus Club? remarked Jody.

Its a group of women who sew baby blankets for local hospitals. Marci replied. We meet every first and third Tuesday mornings at church. You should join us. We have a lot of fun.

Oh, Im not interested in that sort of thing, and besides Im too busy with bowling and the gym, and my three kids

They chatted a while longer before going their separate ways.

A week later, Marci saw Jody at the post office. I missed you at church Sunday. I hope theres nothing wrong.

No. Were all fine. Mike didnt feel like going, and I felt lazy myself, so we stayed home. The kids complained a little because they like Kids World, but they got over it. I see you have a package youre mailing.

Yes. Actually, its going to my sister in Austin. She and a group of neighbors are starting a Linus Club, and Im sending them a few samples. Have you changed your mind about joining our group?

Jody shifted her youngest son, Tyler, to her left arm. Her smile faded.

Marci, I dont know how to say this without hurting your feelings, but Im really not interested in your club, and Id appreciate it if youd quit mentioning it every time were together.

Oh, Im so sorry Jody. I didnt mean to pressure you. I understand.

Jody turned her back and left the building. Marci felt terrible. She liked Jody but no matter what she said, Jody took it the wrong way. Marci prayed for another opportunity to speak with her.

They didnt meet again until the middle of September when Marci practically tripped over Jody as she rounded a corner heading for the hospital nursery.

Im so sorry, Marci stammered. I wasnt watch . Jody! What are you doing here? Is someone sick?

Jody stared back at the her with a blank look on her face. She looked down at her hands which she held tightly in her lap, and Marci sat down beside her.

I brought Tyler in yesterday. Hes been having trouble breathing and coughing at night. I thought it was just a cold, but then he coughed up blood. Dr. Henderson admitted him for tests. Jody cried and Marci put her arms around her shoulders.

The two women sat side by side, neither of them speaking for a few minutes. Marci prayed silently while Jody composed herself.

Jody, let me give this box of baby stuff to the nurses at the desk. Ill be right back.

When she returned, the doctor was talking to Jody.

It looks like pneumonia, but Id like to rule out tuberculosis. Thats not likely, but there have been more cases reported recently and his symptoms are similar. He patted her shoulder. Try not to worry. Well just keep Tyler another couple of days, start him on an antibiotic, and see how he does.

Oh, Jody. You must be beside yourself. And Tyler must be so scared without you. Lets go see him. Ill call my husband at work and let him know where I am and that Ill be late.

The news on Thursday wasnt good. Tyler did have TB and was going to have to be watched closely as they tried to get the disease under control. Marci visited every day and the two mothers soon became close friends.

The following Tuesday, Jody unexpectedly walked into the Linus meeting room. Tyler was with her and gurgled a smile at Marci as the two women embraced.

Hes getting better and the doctor says hes out of danger. It was touch and go there for awhile as you know, but now I think weve got it licked.

Thats awesome, Jody. Come and sit and meet the other girls.

Before long, Jody was sewing on a blanket, laughing, and enjoying the relaxing time. She stopped and looked around the room.

You know, she said, I didnt realize how much joy your gifts brought to others until I was at St. Joes with my son. It was so rewarding to watch the smiles on the faces of mothers when their sick babies were given your clothes and blankets. But when I got a blanket for Tyler, I was overwhelmed with emotion. She brushed a tear from her face.

At any rate, I want to thank you. And it seems that I have time, after all, to give back some of that love.

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Karen Deikun02/15/07
I have never heard of a Linus Club, but I hope this is based on reality. I enjoyed reading this.
Betty Castleberry02/16/07
This is a very sweet story. I would like to see it expanded. A novel about the Linus Club would be fun. Well done.
Joanne Sher 02/18/07
This is sweet - would love some more background on both characters - but that word count thing prevented it, I'm sure! I hope you take the time to expand this some, especially on Jodi. Thanks for sharing!
Sharlyn Guthrie02/18/07
So many wonderful things seem to happen in just that way. We often respond out of our own experience and recognition of need. thanks for a vivid reminder of what willing hands and hearts can do.
Jacquelyn Horne02/19/07
Touching story. So often we want to do good, but are misunderstood. God always comes through if we take it to him.