Archive for Wednesday, December 8, 2004

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

December 8, 2004

Bob's mother proudly showed us the beautiful cedar cane her son had carved out of a cedar limb. He carefully selects as nearly straight as possible cedar branches and limbs, grinding and cleaning the bark and wood away down to the center hardwood. Then he attaches a short section as a handle to form a sturdy, dependable cane. Finally, he polishes and finishes it to a beautiful luster.

"Oh Bob never sells them, he just gives them away to anyone who needs one." You see, her son Bob is a veteran of the Korean War and knows well the need of those canes.

He also makes beautifully decorated pieces with our colorful autumn leaves. He laminates them onto wooden frames and clock faces.

"You could say he is from Eudora," she added.

There, now many of you will know about whom we are speaking -- and maybe you can even help him to find those hard-to-find, sometimes just-right cedar limbs.

As we chatted there amongst all the fabrics, Bob's mom, a busy volunteer herself, said, "Oh I've been there, done that myself." Adding, "We started out with five blankets, a telephone and a lawn chair." She now makes walker and wheel chair bags for many.

Bob and his mom are like many among us who never complain. They just see a need then do what they can to help.

Thanks Bob and all of our other veterans for being there. We love you. A big thanks also to your mom for sharing you with us today.

-- Aunt Norie, P.0. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086

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