AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: Little stitches DATE: 12/18/2008 09:14:00 PM ----- BODY:
Kevin is very understanding of my "online friends." He doesn't give me any crap about going to BlogHer. He doesn't bat an eye when I run off to the Post Office to send a package to a NMD friend. When I quote Girl eighteen times in one day, he doesn't let out a single sigh. He knows they have supported me and carried me through some of my darkest times.

Last Saturday, the doorbell rang. We were in the bedroom getting dressed. I am pretty sure I was crying. I did a lot of that last weekend.

Kevin came back upstairs with a box from ProFlowers. I have to be honest; I assumed it was from my parents, but it wasn't.

The card read, "I'm sorry for your loss," and it was from my friend Amy. My online friend, Amy. A woman who I haven't even been so lucky to sit down with in person managed to wrap her arms around me from miles and miles away and put the first stitch in my broken heart. Amazing.

This is what they look like today. Everyday this week, this is what I see when I leave the house. I put them by the front door on purpose. It used to be that the last thing I would see when I left the house was Chelsea. She would follow me to the front door and look up at me as I said, every time, "I'll be back soon. Be a sweet girl." Every time. Until the past couple of months, when she stopped getting up to follow me to the door.

Nonetheless, the last thing I saw leaving the house were these flowers. Reminding me that I'm a lucky woman to have friends like Amy.

Little stitches in a broken heart. I bet she has no idea how much she helped, but Kevin and I do. Now you do too.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous gail DATE:Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 9:40:00 PM EST Amazing. The both of you. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Daily Verses DATE:Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 10:03:00 PM EST Oh how sweet. She's a doll. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Barry DATE:Friday, December 19, 2008 at 9:49:00 AM EST Beautiful post, Marty. It's truly amazing how much we can bless each other's lives with "little stitches". Lord help us all to seize opportunities to do so.

Love,

BD ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Amy DATE:Friday, December 19, 2008 at 2:43:00 PM EST Oh wow. Thank you.

I wish I could have done more. It hurts my heart to read about the pain you were/are in. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Beth DATE:Friday, December 19, 2008 at 3:57:00 PM EST I'm so sorry for your loss. ((HUGS))
and I'm so glad you're blogging again! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous toddlerplanet DATE:Saturday, December 20, 2008 at 12:17:00 PM EST Hey. Stimey just told me about your loss. I am so, so sorry to hear about Chelsea. I tried to read the post -- and it just broke my heart into little pieces.

My heart (what's left of it) is with you guys these days. ----- --------