When I moved to my present home a friend noticed the curtains in my bedroom, left behind by the previous owner. She gasped, “What beautiful curtains. That material is sixty pounds per meter to buy.” Then I thought, “Yes it is a good idea to have woollen curtains. It keeps the cold air out. Wool is a good insulating material.”
When I visited my children at their Scottish universities I would buy a tartan woollen blanket each time. I now have a collection of blankets in all colours, blue, red, purple and grey. I use one as a throw over a duvet on a winter’s night. It prevents heat lose through the night. They come in useful for ground cover on a picnic or warmth for a baby playing on the floor. I use one over my settee. It is useful when one needs to stretch out and put one’s feet up for forty winks in the afternoon. Even the dog got to have one.
I always tried to visit my children, each one, when they were at university. One son shared a flat with five other lads in Glasgow. When I arrived the students were sitting around a play station. They were concentrating on the game. The kitchen sink was full of dishes and the garbage tin full of cans and empty bottles. My son showed me to his room that he had prepared for me to stay. The situation did not phase me. I stepped over bodies to get to the room and rested for a while after my journey. I was so glad to be alive to visit him, after my healing from cancer. Things that would have annoyed me before, didn’t bother me. I could have been in the grave and never have seen my boys on the earth again. What did a few dirty dishes matter.
When I got up later everyone had gone. It seemed these boys came alive at night and kept a low profile by day. My son took me out for a meal and we spent a short time together before I moved on by train to Aberdeen to see another son. He gave up his bed for me. He showed me around the university and introduced me to some of his friends. I was relaxed enjoying my visit with him, being alive.
I traveled down to London after Aberdeen. I shuddered when my son showed me his bedroom. It was freezing. The window was single glazed, the curtains were flimsy and the duvet light. The young mustn’t feel the cold. I went out and bought my son a woolen blanket. At least it will give a bit of comfort and warmth. Only mothers see the need. The blankets have become an inheritance for my children. This son still has the woollen blanket I gave him. He has brought it to his new home in Canada.
I bought a tartan blanket for another son when he was at Oxford Brooke’s. He used it for picnics on the lawns of Oxford universities as well as a covering on his bed. He still has it and it is still in use for his two boys when he takes his family on picnics. I was talking to him recently. He was staying in my home while we were away. He appreciated the woollen blankets I had beside the sofa. He enjoyed a few siestas with a woollen blanket pulled up over him.
A thought dropped into his mind, “I wonder could I make a wrap around out of a woollen blanket.” There is a special warmth that comes from a woollen garment. He was delighted later that day to find a pure woollen dressing gown in a thrift store for a few pounds. He will have no fear of the cold winter evenings.
I suppose it is a mother’s instinct to make sure her children are comfortable. When my children were babies I always made sure they were tucked up warmly in bed. They slept better that way. The scriptures make reference to this in Isaiah 66, where God promises to comfort us.
As a mother comforts her child, so I’ll comfort you. (Isaiah 66:12-13 MSG)
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