Update: I flew into the post office at 5:54 and the throw is now on its way to Mother. I also included a Halloween card, a pair of Halloween socks, and a headband with little orange weird guys dancing at the end of springs. What a great package! So glad to have it on the way. AND in a fit of memory I added Mother's name to the piece, once on the front and three times on the back so there's no question about to whom it belongs.
Lots of things are different since July. Lots of water under bridges. But the current is what matters; and the current running across this blanket is one of love and togetherness and peals of laughter and admiration -- Ooo, she put a heart --- Ooo, look at the ring -- Ooo, somebody drew a horsie -- Ooo, stop complaining and draw your hand like I told you. There have been some changes, but Mother can sleep soundly, blanketed under the love of so many.