Barbara was 60 years old and on her third tour as a Volunteer in Iraq when she was killed. She died on on January 29,2005 after a rocket hit the building she was working in. The link to the military information is listed here and I won't repeat it all on the blog. That's not why I participated in this project. I was struck by my "have to, need to" urge to participate in this project. I'm not usually a "joiner", but this I had to join. I'm a Navy brat who very much supports the troops, but I don't believe that we should be over there at all. I had no problem stitching out her name and really, it went quickly. What has taken so long has been the posting of the experience. I thought about Barbara regularly, wondering if she had ever spun her own yarn. She was an avid knitter. Would she have used some hand spun if given to her? I wonder what kind of project she'd be working on today if she was still here. She looks much like some of the women at my guild and I wonder what it would have been like to have met her.
I think of her often and she's become part of my life experience. To stitch her name was such a simple small thing to do. To mail it back seems to be the hardest. I've had this done for weeks and every night I think that I'm going to mail it back the next day, but here it sits as a little reminder right in front of my screen. Maybe I'm just not ready to let her go myself. We'll see. Once again, tomorrow I will mail it out so the bag can be completed.
PS.--You're not crazy....I did take me that long to finish this post. I started it two weeks ago and it's been sitting in the draft file until just today, 06/03/07. I guess I wasn't ready to be done. Time to move on though.