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Topic: Blue (10/08/09)
- TITLE: The Blue Fabric
By Malinda Edgell
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By the time it was carefully cut and divided into four pieces, folded and wrapped in tissue paper and tied with the thin, blue ribbon, the remnants seemed very tiny. The small packages had been passed out the last Christmas morning the mother and her four daughters had shared before illness had separated the small family.
One piece was given to the daughter whose medical office sat high in an uptown loft. It had been pressed and placed professionally into a sterling silver frame. The frame had a special place on the newly graduated and practicing doctor’s desk.
Another piece had remained carefully folded and hidden away in the second daughter’s jewelry box. Intent on keeping it safe and intact, it had been nestled away by the mother who had just bore her newborn little girl. It would be hers someday.
With careful hands and the tiniest of stitches, the third daughter cut and created a beautiful quilt that showcased the blue fabric with tiny yellow buds. The quilt would be displayed in the most prominent of places in the young bride’s new home.
The fourth daughter couldn’t sew. She had no office or desk. No children had come into her life that could be handed this tiny treasure. Her hands touched the worn and frayed fabric each morning and each evening. The fabric had been used to dry tears of joy and tears of pain. The remnant had been used as a bookmark in the worn Bible she kept at her bedside.
It had once been a dress. A dress worn by a woman, who had survived a concentration camp, a trip across an ocean and a swearing- in ceremony on Ellis Island. The woman was a giant in a small frame. The woman was their grandmother. The strip of blue fabric was the physical token of the legacy of strength, faith and determination left to her daughter and granddaughters.
The blue fabric had woven itself into the lives of another generation.
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