Dear friends and other interesting creatures,
When I decided I wanted to raise my kids to be who they want to be, I had no idea how absolutely painful and heartsore this will be at times.
Perhaps we think our kids will share our values and ideals, strive for the things we find important and worthwhile… but if I be honest, I knew Liam James was never going to be a “cream and two lumps of sugar please” kinda gentleman.
Many of my readers know my turbulent struggles and victories with Liam James over many years. My blue eyed wonder with storms abundant. I love and worry about him constantly.
He lives out “in the deep South” by his own request. (My parents are in Henley on Klip at least) He has been doing odd jobs and to his credit asks for nothing. His way of living is foreign to me and difficult to understand but… a more pure heart you will not find. He always believes the best in people and I have seen him take his shoes off and give to another.
I can’t crochet but I tried to teach Lee to knit the night before the #KnitMob. Liam James never developed a dominant side in his brain so he does some things left handed, and some right handed. He tried really hard, but I failed him as a very mediocre teacher.
Lee was with me a couple of weeks ago and did the @67Blankets #KnitMob at @Gautrain station in Sandton with @Carolyn_Steyn, celebrities and #KnitWits. (It was Liam James’s first Gautrain ride btw).
He recruited, chatted, sat on the floor, explained the concept – he really gave what he could that morning. I was so proud of him. Nobody there knows our past and the obstacles he had overcome.
He went back home the following day. He spoke allot about how small ideas can become big things. He was truly touched at the inspiration of what @67Blankets can do for real people, especially the elderly and small children “cause it is not their fault Mom”. As it often happens, I drove away with a heavy heart.
Unexpectedly I received a message from him tonight. “Mommy, We have done more than 30 squares that you need to come fetch and please bring us some wool. We are quickly running out of wool. Can you please still come this week Mom? It’s important.”
I cried. It *IS* important my boy and you are right, it isn’t their fault…. and people who think like you Liam James, keep the legacy of Madiba magic alive.
I wish you enough wool,
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