Friday, February 28, 2014

It's A Long Story: Part Six

Today was a special day.

I took the train from Near Philadelphia to Somewhere Even Nearer Philadelphia. I was met at the station by someone I had not seen in more than twenty years. We had lunch together. We talked and talked and then went back to her place for a further visit. She lives in a gorgeous place, a retirement center for nuns.

It was Sister Angela, the woman who introduced me to pastoral care and hospital chaplaincy back in 1986. I tried to tell her how important she has been to me, what an impact she made on my life. She didn't seem able to hear it. That didn't surprise me.

I gave her Bill's Baskets. It fits her bed perfectly and is exactly the right colors for her room.

It was such a good day.

15 comments:

Patrica said...

How wonderful that you were able to tell a special person just how important they have been to you and how much they have changed your life. it isn't often we get that opportunity and you were able to bestow a gift as well - what a good day!

Janet O. said...

LOVE part six! And here I thought this was Bill's Baskets because it was going to someone named Bill. I like that it went to Angela even better!

Karendianne said...

:))

Millie said...

AWESOME! I can practically hear her telling you that you didn't have to give her a quilt! Outstanding!

Lynda Halliger Otvos (Lynda M O) said...

Such a lovely day to share with your mentor and then with us. Sounds absolutely delightful and the quilt gift topped it off perfectly. So sweet of you to give her that particular piece which matched her decor-funny how that happens.

Pat said...

Sigh. This made my day. Looks like she loved the quilt too.

jirons42 said...

What a wonderful part 6! Isn't it a good feeling when just the right quilt goes to just the right person.

Karla said...

What a terrific gift for a terrific woman. I am glad you had the chance to let her know how she impacted your life and made it better. <3

Quayquilter said...

She looks thrilled and amazed. So pleased.

Nicole said...

Now that is a happy story!

Barbara Anne said...

How marvelous for you both! Now the quilt is Sister Angela's Baskets and you can think of her cozy and warm under it forevermore!

I've known a few people who each had a kind of graceful humility and they, too, seem not to hear praise or gratitude when it was directed at them. Methinks that deep inside, they and Sister Angela, hide these thankful words in their hearts to keep them humbly warm, glad to have been used by God in the life of another soul for the good of the world.

The beautiful quilt you made is the cherry on top!

Hugs!

LizA. said...

How wonderful that you were able to rekindle such a meaningful friendship.

Quiltdivajulie said...

I love how you shared this . . . and am so happy for both of you!

Isn't it wonderful when we get to share with our mentors how much they mean (even if they don't want to hear it).

suz said...

wonderful!!! what a perfect place for this quilt and she looks delighted! this made my morning!

howdidIgethere said...

How wonderful for both of you! You got the chance to tell her how much she meant to you and I'm sure your visit was even more important than the quilt. And now she has Bill's baskets to remind her daily of the way she changed your life!

You are blessed to have so many people from so many times in your life!