On Monday I went to drop Kira off at daycare. One of her carers has not been well for awhile. We were all aware that she was scheduled for surgery on an ulcer. In Kira's pocket was a letter that let us know the devastating news that J had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. And it has spread. My heart broke. J is a gorgeous woman, and while I don't know her age, I would be surprised if she is 30. The kids love her, as do the staff and the parents. Even worse, she had an infection from the ulcer surgery meaning they need to delay her cancer surgery. I cried.
My thoughts immediately turned to a quilt. Something quick, that I could get to her before her next surgery. My first thought was a stacked coins quilt in greens as that is J's favourite colour. But then I thought I would like to include the kids who a knew were missing her. I drove back to daycare to talk to K, J's partner in the preschool room. "I have an idea," I said, "but I need your help." At the end of the day, I picked up Kira and a stack of traced around kids and staff hands. And this is what I have done with them.
I have another 6-7 kids hands to collect on Monday. They will then be surrounded by the staff hands. The backing will be green and it will be stippled in white. It will be called Healing Hands. I hope it works.