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Archive for April 23rd, 2004

Foster Center in Spring

Friday, April 23rd, 2004

It is the gorgeous, but sneezy, part of spring here now. Every tree is blossoming, whether in pink or white, or just green pollen hiding in wait. It is beautiful, the perfect example of spring in Michigan. Yet at the same time, it is a big allergy time, and that makes it hard for me to be my fully enthusiastic self. I want to sleep all day, but that is just not going to work!

I took pictures of Foster Center on Thursday. I love the blossoming trees around the front entrance. It’s hard to see, but there are also red tulips blooming on the left of the entry as well.

I’m trying to catch up with all my old pics that never got posted. Here are two pics of my knitting kidz this week. On Wednesday, I had 21 kids and that was so many I did not think to take pictures while I tried to meet their needs. Thursday, however, is my slow day. It is only kids who bring themselves, by walking or by bike. I think I even had 9 kids this week on Thursday at one point or another, but it felt really quiet after the crowd I had taught the day before.

Here are the three who were there at the end of one of my days this week. The little boy had been cranking out crocheted wristbands in multiple colors of yarn that session. I think he finished three, and one was so big he could not wear it without pushing it up on his upper arm.

The girl standing in back rode her bike. She has been with me for over a year. She had a hard time getting knitting with needles, so I got her started with yarn by finger-crocheting, then finger-knitting, then a knitting spool, and then one day she asked to knit with regular needles. When she doesn’t feel like concentrating or I don’t have a lot of time for her, she goes back to finger-crocheted chains. She made me that necklace you see her playing with, by putting four strands, four different colors together. She gave it to me as a necklace after measuring carefully so I could tie it in a knot but get it over my head. I love the colors. I actually wore the necklace two days this week.

The girl who is seated, is knitting with the wool yarn we dyed with Kool-Aid during spring break. There is a close up of the project here as well. She is one of my regulars, and although she is fairly young, she is really doing very well. She knits at home sometimes as well. Actually, all of these kids come pretty regularly. They are “My Kids!!!” I really, truly love these children. I don’t say that to them, I just try to act it in every way. They know.

By the way, thanks to those who have sent packages and the one check (bless you, that is beyond what I asked or expected). I show the packages to the kids and they know things come from you folks. They know these are gifts to them, and I think it does make them feel special. I make sure they are reminded to be good stewards of the gifts they have received.