April 14, 2008

Goodby Charlie



My friend Charlie stitched these amazing masterpieces while he was going through some recovery several years ago before I knew him. I have not know Charlie for long - only three years - but he's always been special to me. He was one of the most caring individuals I have ever met.


He was brought into my life for a special reason I think - to show me what it means and how to die with dignity. It is a lesson I will not forget, I promise. He got to see these finished just this morning. Through a chance conversation in February, he learned I was a cross stitcher and showed me the unfinished pieces that had been tucked away for several years. I told him they were too beautiful to stay rolled up in the tubes they came in originally so as a small gift to Charlie and his family, I finished them into stockings that his family will now have forever. I will miss you greatly Charlie and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am blessed for having known you.

11 comments:

Anna van Schurman said...

The stockings are stunning, but I am sorry for the loss of your friend.

dragonxser said...

what a wonderful thing you did for Charlie and his family. Well done Patti - I am sure your friendship brought him joy.

Sue said...

Bless your heart Patty. That was an incredible act of kindness that you extended to a friend and his family.

Novice Stitcher said...

What a lovely legacy you have helped Charlie leave his family. What a good friend you were to him. I'm sorry you couldn't have known him for a longer time.

Cathy said...

How touching that he got to see them before he passed. I'm sorry for your loss. I'm sure the family will treasure the stockings.

Carol said...

Oh Patti - I am so sorry for your loss, yet so grateful for your blessing of having known him.

Sonda in OR said...

What a wonderful gift you both gave and received!! Both in knowing each other and making those stockings a reality!

Joanie said...

God Bless you, sweet friend, what a wonderful gift you've given Charlie's family. Those stockings are gorgeous and I know that you have touched Charlie's family in more ways than you will ever know.

I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. I know both of you were blessed by your special friendship.

Email me soon, I miss talking with you.

Garden Girl said...

What a lovely tribute to your friend. The stockings are beautiful and I am sure will be treasured by his family for generations to come. And I agree that it seems you each were a blessing to the other.

AnneS said...

Your post brought a lump to my throat. It's so wonderful that Charlie got to see his stockings finished before his passing - I'm sure his family will forever treasure them. I'm very sorry for your loss - it doesn't matter that you hadn't known him for long ... sometimes people you've known for a short time can have the most profound affect on your life - you were obviously blessed for knowing him albeit briefly :)

Michelle said...

They're wonderful. I know Charlie's family will appreciate them for years to come. It is not often that we are graced with the presence of someone that really moves us and impacts our lives - especially in death. Big hugs!