Meridian Star

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October 6, 2013

Gifts of love are never-ending

MERIDIAN — Writing this article for Meridian Activity Center sometimes feels like putting a quilt together...what kind of quilt I’m not exactly sure of. Oh, I know! It’s a "crazy quilt." Though sometimes it seems like a "log cabin" the way I methodically tie one paragraph into another.

    Most of all my articles are contrived much like a “quilt as you go” – front, backing and batting all sewn at the same time, off the top of my head. If you were to come into my office, you’d know exactly how I feel as it reflects the lifestyle I have adapted in the past 10 years since coming to work here. People would never believe I was once executive secretary to the commander/publisher of Pacific Stars and Stripes newspaper (with only one personal photo on my desk, that of my parents).

    Our Parks and Recreation director has threatened on more than one occasion to get a dumpster over here next time I go on vacation. I only wish my office had the same kind of neglected order found in the once existing Wall’s Candy Store across from Highland School on 20th Street.

    Remember how in high school, the bored "bad" kids would work on a spitball for awhile, then at the most strategic moment when the teacher just turns to the blackboard ... WHAM! He tosses it up to the 12-plus foot ceiling, where it either sticks with all the others turning into stalactites or falls with a dull splat at his feet (if he's lucky) or on his neighbor’s sweater.

    When I introduce ideas for some of our classes, sometimes they fly up, up and stick...or not. When Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Director Diana Glover asked me to post flyers about a special project her volunteers were working on, I thought it might be a nice "feel good" activity for our sewing groups.

    Ari’s Pillowcase Project was adopted by Teresa Anders’ smocking class. Ariel Ball of Laurel fought a rare form of cancer for three years, but died in 2008. Her family recalled the handmade pillowcases – so brightly cheerful and soft – that were sent home with patients and wanted to do this one thing in Ari’s name to provide comfort to other children. Mrs. Anders’ class contacted Ari’s mother in Laurel, who provided tags with Ari’s name to attach to the pillowcases, and in no time they had 70 pillowcases to donate.

    The finished pillow cases will be delivered to Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, and St. Jude’s in Memphis.

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