I went to bed thinking that my Wednesday knitting group was meeting in the morning so I got up earlier than normal and headed over to Panera’s at 9 am. No one was there so I emailed Suzanne who emailed back that we meet every other Wednesday and that I’m off schedule. Hmmm…. makes sense. Thanks for reminding me Suzanne. I’ll see you next week 🙂
After figuring out that no one was going to show up, I went home and started crocheting. OMG… I haven’t picked up a hook for anything other than making provisional cast ons and weaving in ends in years. But I went to a sale at Yarning for You in San Marcos yesterday and came home with some Berroco Merino that I thought would be perfect for “Short N Sweet” from Happy Hooker. I downloaded the errata like a good girl and started. It all comes back to you ladies if you’ve put down the hook in favor of needles. The only snag was some front and back post crocheting which I’d never done before. But I think I figured it out. I’ll post a pic tomorrow after I make some more progress. At noon, I went to the dentist to have my teeth cleaned. Thank goodness, I get to keep my teeth. I had a substitute dentist today. I never realized that dentists cover for other dentists while they were on vacation. I just figured they’d shutdown the office. She said that my teeth and gums look great and to keep up with what I was doing.
Then I went to Borders to pick up the Fall IK. I’d been hearing so much I’d really just thumbed thru it in Borders and like these designs:
- Minimalist Cardigan
- Cobblestone Pullover
- Belle Cardigan
- Counterpane Pullover
So… like any pattern hoarder, I snatched the magazine in my little hands and headed over to the craft section of books. There was an older lady sitting on a wheeled chair. It wasn’t a wheel chair but kind of a stand with wheels that has a cushion to sit on. She asked me she was in my way and I replied no. Here’s the rest of our conversation.
Lady: “Do you crochet?”
Me: “Yes but I knit more often. I’m buying the new IK.” I offer the magazine to her and she starts looking at it.
Lady: “Those designs are beautiful. I like to crochet more.” She shows me the book that she was looking at. It was full of crocheted skirts and shawls.
Me: “Those are nice too. You thinking about getting this book?”
Lady: “No, it’s too expensive. I live on a fixed income. I’m only here because my daughter has to work and it’s too hot for me to be without air conditioning.”
We talk a bit more and I ask her if she’d like to have a cup of coffee and look at books together. We spent the next hour talking. I felt very sad for her because she told me that she felt like a burden to her family. That she can’t take care of herself. She wished that she’d die so that she wouldn’t be such a burden to her children. She was really lonely and she said “God bless you for talking to me. I feel so much better. People ignore you when you’re old.”
I had tears in my eyes when she told me that. She then asked me what I was doing at Borders on a week day and I told her that I had the day off and that I’m a nurse when I’m working. She said, “That makes perfect sense. Nurses are the nicest people. Can you come work for me so I can talk to you?” I told her that I couldn’t work for her but that if I saw her at Borders, I would buy her a cup of coffee and that we would talk.
Does medicare reimburse elder day care??? What happens to old people who can’t afford to go to retired living communities? Do they lead lonely lives? It makes me sad to think of this old lady. She told me that poverty keeps her from doing many things. If you do anything today, please say hi to an older person that you meet in public. They would probably love to talk to someone. You can learn a lot from an older person. Like when crochet was the big craze. Not knitting.