“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”
~ Rick Warren
Meet Julene Jones. She is one of the warmest, most kind hearted people I’ve ever met. A year or so ago Julene and I were talking at some library event or another when she mentioned that she spins wool. I eventually worked up the nerve to tell her an idea I’d had for nearly twenty years. Many times when I brushed Sadie I kept her fur, squirreling it away in a plain grocery bag. By the time she died at 17+, I had a great deal of it. I wanted one day to find someone who could spin that fur into yarn and then weave it into a small wall hanging. My instincts were right to talk to Julene. Not only did she say she’d do it (and I wasn’t crazy), but she said she’d be honored to do it. I soon learned that she understands the unconditional bond we can sometimes build with a special dog. I had Sadie. She had Annie. We met for lunch today and she brought along what she has spun. It’s incredibly soft and looks exactly like I’d seen it in my mind, remarkable so, actually. I brought along Sadie’s last collar with tags. Julene is going to weave the small tapestry soon, incorporating collar and tags where appropriate. It will be one of the most unique things I’ll ever own. The friendship I’ve been given with Julene is just the icing on the cake. She will always hold a special place in my heart for making such beautiful work. There’s not enough words or money in the world to thank her for such gifts. I’m beyond thankful.