The pattern stories almost always revolve around a special Mom memory... however, every once in a while something will grab a hold of me and inspire me to create a specific pattern just because of that moment. The story behind Gifts is one of those somethings.
Matthew was a staff member at an Alzheimer's day program where Alice's Embrace had a delivery. While we were setting up everything, Matthew was interacting with the folks in attendance that morning. He was just asking them questions and getting the imaginative juices flowing. It was apparent that each of the participants was quite fond of this fellow. In the photo collage, you see his enthusiasm and just having fun throughout the delivery.
As we were packing up our items, the conversation among the staff and the program participants picked up again. Matthew asked them to take a look at the label on their gift. He said, "You see the name Alice on your label? Well what is wonderful about Alice is that even though she is no longer with us, she is still giving gifts." I LOVED that Matthew thoughtfully shared that with everyone.