sewing on patches (was Ind. Living MB)
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Mon, 18 Apr 1994 22:08:59 EDT
Somehow, I didn't get a copy of the complete requirements for the new
MB...would someone please resend it to me ONLY?
This is going to be short...I've been on the road since midnight last
night, and I've got back here just in time to go to class and then
over to our best friend's place for dinner and then to come home. If
it wasn't for the fact that I'm doing the laundry and have to stay up
until Jessiann's dresses and other things are dry, I'd been in the bed
a LONG, LONG time ago.
I was in Dayton, Oh (Wright Patterson Air Force Base, actually), this
morning and afternoon, attending to and witnessing my mother being
readied for a operation that could kill her. She wanted all three of
us boys there and for me with limited (read this as NO) money, it was
a real thrill just to drive up there in the middle of the night with
one hand on the coffee mug and the other on the wheel...and one eye on
the roadway and the other on the gas gauge.
Scott's posting about sewing reminded me of what happened to me when I
was 12 years old. After coming back from summer camp overseas, and
from the Council's camp, I had a lot of patches to have sewn on my
shirt. My Mom calmed spoke "Micheal" (I HATE that name! She uses it
to get my attention and it works...just as if someone clubbed me on
the head (or knee) ), "it's time for you to learn how to sew these
things on yourself. You know where they all go, I don't and I don't
have the time now or in the future to do this everytime you come back
with something else to go on that shirt. So, you do it yourself."
She sat me down and between watching Andy Griffith and the local news,
she showed me how to sew on a button, how to sew one of my patches so
that that thread won't show from the front, and how to baste a patch
so that I can sew it on later. She also told me during the
commercials about how my father didn't learn how to sew on a patch
until he was in the Army and told me about life in Brownsville,
Tennessee (where both of my parents are from).
Now, I looked at my mom while she took out her artificial teeth and
placed them in a container, and then, walking with the bag of fliuds
attached what looked like our coathanger with wheels on it, going to
the bathroom. I asked the nurse if he could hold off taking her down
until my father and brothers got there from across the street. It was
6:02am. "We can wait for about five minutes more", he said.
My mother came back out and was holding her gown to her back while she
moved onto the gurney to make the trip down to the operating suites.
I held her hand and told her that Dad, Shell and Mitch will be here
soon. She complained about the gown and I told her "I can sew it
together if you want...you taught me, Mom, and taught me well."
The operation started this morning at 7:12 and is scheldued for eight
and a half hours. At noon, the chief surgeon and the Chaplain came
out and confirmed that everything was going well and that they were
taking a brief break for lunch before returning. They are removing or
removed several tumors and growths around the stomach and esophogus,
then going back and moving the stomach upward. (It sounds painful
even when I think about it!).
I had to leave, like I said, in order to come back here to go to
class (the department chair says that I couldn't miss it, since the
material would be important...I went and left a few minutes later, not
taking a single note).
When I work with Scouts and they ask me who does the sewing, I am
beaming with pride as I reply "I do...my mother taught me. Yours
should teach you to do the same!" While I'll NEVER be a seamstress,
at least I know that if I pull a button or have to hem up a pair of
pants, that I know how to do it.
I think the merit badge is a great idea...kinda like "Home Repairs"
for guys living on their own.
Thanks for the reminder, Scott!
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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