A story from New Zealand, retold by Jennifer Bassett
Woman often Knit socks or scarves for their husband; grandmothers knit little jackets for their children's babies.
Buying a gift is quick and easy, but making a gift with your own hands takes longer. And if, like Leonard's wife, your hands are old and stiff and crooked with arthritis, perhaps knitting is not the best thing to do...
LEONARD (Cries from the heart by Jennifer Bassett)
THE RELATIONSHIP OF AN ELDERLY COUPLE
LEONARD CAN NO LONGER SPEAK OR LOOK AFTER HIMSELF
HIS WIFE HAS ARTHRITIS AND DOESN'T USUALLY KNIT, BUT SHE BUYS SOME BLUE WOOL AND SECRETLY KNITS A SCARF
LEONARD WORE A BLUE SCARF WHEN THEY FIRST MET
ON THEIR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SHE PUTS THE SCARF ROUND LEONARD'S NECK
FOR A MOMENT, LEONARD'S EYES COME ALIVE
THE SCARF SYMBOLISES THEIR MARRIAGE - NOT PERFECT , FULL OF HOLES, BUT SOFT AND BEAUTIFUL