A Comment on one of our QOV member blogs.
After a lengthy 24 hours of flight delays, my warrior and I have just
gotten home from the Louisville, KY RWW. During our numerous flights,
the subject of our new beautiful quilt came up a number of times...Would
my husband build a custom frame to hang it on our office wall, turning
over the corner of the label for all to see? Would we keep it close at
hand in the living room to snuggle up in?
Before I tell you the
answer, first I must tell you that receiving the quilts was one of the
most moving moments of the weekend for many. As the quilts were
carefully being handed to those who attended, we personally shed, and
saw, many tears of appreciation, tears of healing, and tears of warriors
and wives feeling loved and cared for. Saying thank you for all the
time you all have invested in making these beautiful quilts simply
cannot express to you all how much they meant!
So what is the
answer to what we will do with our new treasure? Remember me saying our
trip home was delayed many hours because of a delay/cancelation? Well,
our Quilt of Valor had been carefully carried with us that entire time.
Then, exhausted we tried to get some sleep very late last night
waiting for our early morning flight. Yes, as you can guess, our quilt
came out and was spread over the two of us as we tried to get some
rest. Then, in the morning it covered this military wife keeping her
from shivering as we flew back to the bitter cold of Wisconsin. And
now, it is right next to us as I write to you waiting for me to finish
so the two of us can once again enjoy it's beauty and warmth as we spend
some time together snuggled beneath it.
Even though our quilt
could easily be displayed, framed and protected, one day passed on "good
as new" to one of our children. It's already easy to say that when it
is passed on, it will be loved, used and worn from many, many hours of
being wrapped around those it was made for.
Over the years we
have spent so many days, weeks and months apart. Now, we will enjoy
being together knowing that on some of those days when there was so much
distance between us and we felt alone, you were all out there stitching
together something that was waiting to remind us that like your quilts,
we have made something beautiful out of all the many pieces of fabric
that are unique to being a military family. And although we too may at
times feel worn we also have so much to pass on.
With so much love & gratitude,
Mr. & Mrs. ITC Brian P