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Why I Crochet
by Paula R. Trueax
First of all let me say how much I appreciate your having free patterns on the website. I have been crocheting for 35 years. I began thirtyfive years ago when I was pregnant with my son Joshua. I made the usual baby blankets, booties, bibs and anything else a novice crocheter can accomplish with limited background. Then I ventured to crochet afghans and pillows, dolls clothing and baby clothing, beach bags. My love for crocheting has blossomed into a passion, a passion made very special to me because the one whom I learned to crochet for gave his life to our country January 26th, 2009.
You see my son was a helicopter pilot and was killed in Kirkuit, Iraq, along with three other very brave men who also gave up their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have. Since Joshua’s passing I have made over 500 dishcloths, many from the patterns that you so freely posted in the three years since his death. I crochet these dishcloths while waiting at the dr’s office, on our vacations to Yellowstone and the Oregon Coast. When the dishcloth(s) are completed I freely give them to any available person who is willing to listen to why I crochet and about my son Joshua and his sacrifice. In this way I can keep my son’s memory alive and by giving a gift from my heart, I believe that recipient may cherish their freedom just a little bit more because of the gift I have given them.
I have also told this story and shared dishcloths with not only family and friends, but coworkers and virtually total strangers I meet along life’s pathway. I am a Kindergarten teacher and I also teach in our after school program. I teach students in grades 3-5th how to crochet and we all make dishrags, scarves and hats. They get to hear about my Joshua and the sacrifice that every soldier, man or woman, makes when they serve in the military. I imagine my son being as proud of me and I will always be of him. God Bless you Son. I love you. Mom
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