Sunday, October 02, 2005

A quilt I didn't want to make

Quilt of valour for LJ. This one didn't take very long to make. The first QOV I made took a long time, because as I made the quilt, my thoughts would drift to the young amputees I saw at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in April, and from there, to the men and women I know who are currently in Iraq. When I found myself imagining my friends being the recipients of QOV's, I had to stop quilting for a while. Gentle reader, you know where I'm going with this. I don't have to type the logical extension of that train of thought.
One week ago, an IED took the lives of two soldiers from 2-78 TSB. SFC Casey Howe and MSG Tulsa Tuliau died instantly.
LJ was critically injured in the same attack. LJ is my husband's former Commanding Officer. I know his wife very well.
LJ is now in serious condition at Walter Reed. A quilt seems like such a small and insignificant gesture in the face of this tragedy - but that's all I can do.
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Anonymous said...

To construct, to model, to build, to form is not an insignificant act. It is instead an act involving mind and heart and time and therefore deeply significant.
The soldier's physical sacrifice is deeply appreciated by me. The pathos of his condition is outrageously amplified by the unnecessary conflict that caused it.

Rose said...

Thank you.

Valerie said...

I agree with the comments left by anonymous above, very well put.