Friday January 18th 2019

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It can only be love

by Contributor JustDawne

Where has January gone? It seemed to pass very quickly. I hope it was a good month for everyone.

Blanket distribution means warmer children

Blanket distribution means warmer children

It is February and I once again find myself  reflecting on the notion of Love. I rather think my former profs would be much delighted to learn that I am still ‘thinking… a lot’ on the larger questions of life. Perhaps René Descartes said it best? “I think therefore I am.” Now that I am confident that ‘I am’ I suppose I should devote some energy into thinking what I ‘am’ doing? LOL.

If memory serves (and I allow that may be a big IF) the Ancient Greeks had a word for love that meant a love for one’s fellow humans, a brotherly love of mankind: Agape. There is a selflessness to agape love that has always intrigued me, even before I attended philosophy classes.

I think it is this love for mankind that has prompted each of us to pick up our needles and hooks for our beloved South African orphans. I think it is the hope of providing comfort, to children we know we will never meet, that keeps us committed to the goal. The very fact that we can empathize with their experience, even though we have never shared it, gives me such a feeling of hope for humanity’s future.

Perhaps Barbara Kingsolver said it best:

The very least you can do in your life is to figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope.

I have counted 77 squares in our gallery as of today. I think we have been, and continue, to live inside that hope of a better life for the orphans and abandoned children of South Africa. The word has not yet been invented to explain how thankful I am to each of you.

Protea South -older children receive warmth too

Protea South -older children receive warmth too

Let’s all pat ourselves on the back for a job well done! We have surpassed our initial goal of 30 squares by more than doubling it! When I posted in January we had only 21 squares in the gallery.  With an extended deadline for the prize pack draw (now March 15) I think that number will continue to grow and grow!

We have each given of our time and resources to knit for Knit-A-Square and will soon be sending off our beautiful squares to South Africa. It can only be love that motivates us. Love is a powerful thing indeed.

Until next time I wish you all a wonderful month, good health,  family and friends and an abundance of Hope.  Next month I will write more about postal instructions and give ideas for raising postage funds for anyone with a postal budget that may need augmenting.


PS – Check out the new website for KAScare, the parent organization of Knit-A-Square.

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5 Responses to “It can only be love”

  1. Agape. It’s always been one of my favorite words. Thanks for reminding us of it.

  2. Dawne says:

    All part of the service, Ma’am (tips hat).


  3. Zina says:

    Aaaaand tonight I just finished the knitting bag for the drawing! It is a BIG bag, and it just fits the set of needles, the yarn, the tip stand, and the matching tip case. We’re off to somewhere or other (I’m not sure where, I get in the car and go where they go) tonight, but when I get back tomorrow I’ll take pics of the entire thing and post it!

    Yaaaaay! I’m so glad it’s done in time!

  4. Dawne says:

    I can’t wait to see the pictures. I bet it is maaaahvelous, dahling!

    • Zina says:

      We just got back from middle of nowhere Sussex, England — and of course no daylight left with which to take pictures, so it’ll have to be tomorrow morning.

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