Little Pink Sweaters

by Kimberley on December 14, 2009 · 6 comments

It is the Holiday Season which has me thinking about giving and receiving and what it all means. I have been given many beautiful gifts in my life but, few that are truly priceless. This blog post is inspired by a priceless gift, I count myself lucky to have received it and hope that I am able to, in someway, express the depth of my gratitude in this post.

For countless hours I have sat in that chair, rocking, nursing, soothing, cuddling and dozing. I could close my eyes and tell you every detail of the room; the view from the blue rocking chair. There are many memories in that room, so many blog posts could be inspired from them.

Straight across from the rocking chair is an antique sideboard that we use as a change table and dresser. Below the sideboard is a semi opaque storage box that often draws my attention and has me thinking about an unexpected gift; something that was returned to me even though it was never truly mine.

The colour is just barely visible through the box, a faint trace of pink and peach, which is out of place in this room full of blue and green because it was designed for two little boys. In that box are two small, pink, crocheted, baby sweaters and though they were never made for me, or my own children, they mean a great deal.

Several years ago, my husband’s cousins had baby girls on the same day; an amazing coincidence for sure, two brothers having baby girls on the same day in the same hospital. I couldn’t say for sure what motivated her to do it, but my mother crocheted two little sweaters for those babies. One was a dusty rose and one a light peach. They were beautiful and I was proud to give them. It felt wonderful to bring such a lovely and heartfelt gift to honour these beautiful baby girls.

After that day, I did not think of those sweaters again for years. It wasn’t until I was pregnant with my first child that they crossed my mind. You see, not too long after my mom made those sweaters, she passed away from Breast Cancer. During my first pregnancy, I lamented the fact that I would never have anything made by her for my own child. I never said anything about this to anyone; it was just a private thought.

When I was pregnant with my second child last year, I received an unexpected package in the mail from the mother of one of those baby girls, Andrea. I opened it and found something that touched my heart deeper than almost any other gift anyone has given me.

It was those two perfect, little, pink sweaters. The very ones my own mother hand made years before. A thoughtful, handwritten note accompanied the sweaters explaining that after my mother’s death, Andrea had retrieved the other sweater and saved them both for me. She said she had hung on to them in the hopes we would one day have a little girl but, since our second was going to be another boy, she decided to send them anyways.

It was a beautiful, selfless and kind thing to do and I can never thank her enough for her foresight. Those sweaters are very special to me, they were made with love, they were worn by two precious little girls and then, they were saved with love and sent back to me.

I sit and I rock while I nurse my seven month old baby boy, and I stare at those little sweaters that are neatly folded in that box and I wonder if I will ever have a little girl who will wear them.  I close my eyes and I think about what the future holds and I feel comforted knowing that those sweaters are there waiting just in case.

I dedicate this post to Andrea. Thank you for your extreme kindness.

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Andrea Maguire December 14, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Thanks Kim,
I’m glad it is as special as it was intended to be. I would have loved for your Mom to make them for you instead of us as I can’t imagine your loss. I never got to meet your Mom but she worked on those sweaters for hours I’m sure, and for 2 people SHE had never met. I’d say that was a pretty good example of giving without expecting anything back. I hope God blesses you with a little girl one day so you can give them to her, and she can know Grandma would have loved to see her in them. Andrea.xo

Teresa December 15, 2009 at 11:50 am

How sweet. Sorry for your loss.
You never know, one of your boys could have a daughter one day and those sweaters will have a new precious owner, and story.

Jessica Bender December 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm

How wonderful that she thought of you and kept the sweaters. The first thought that came to my mind was the above comment- your boys could one day have daughters!

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