First Line Friday: December 20th, 2019

Dylan is our host for the First Line Friday, alternating with Jim and his Music challenge.
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Your line for this week is:

“That is the ugliest sweater I have ever seen.”

“That is the ugliest sweater I have ever seen.”
John could hardly contain his laughter.
‘You look like an anemic elf that’s lost more than half its body weight. The damn thing hangs on you. Take it off.’
Isobel said nothing.
He came up behind her offering to help.
‘Don’t.’
He stepped back, surprised and a little hurt by her tone.
‘Why?’
‘You wouldn’t understand.’
Being their first Christmas together, he wanted it to be remembered as a happy one, especially as they were going to her brother’s house for celebrations and his introduction to ‘family’.
He felt there was something about the sweater he obviously didn’t know, but should.
He sat on the bed and patted the place alongside him.
‘Try me.’
Isobel sat down beside him.
‘My Mum knitted it for me years ago.’
She sniffed, then smiled sadly.
‘I didn’t like it either, but Mum had mistakenly thought I wanted a ‘Christmas’ jumper and so bought the wool and a pattern.’
‘Go on……………’
‘I wanted a jumper for Christmas, but not a themed one. This took Mum weeks as it’s handknitted, her eyesight was failing and her arthritis was crippling, but she persevered and was so proud when she’d finished it.’
‘Ah…………’
‘The sleeves are different lengths as she forgot to change needles and got confused with metric and inches in the measurements, Santa looks more like a gorilla as she used brown wool for the skin tones, and she got the size wrong anyway because the last time I’d seen her I was three stone heavier.’
‘So why didn’t you say something or have it altered?’
‘Mum would have been crushed, but over the years I’ve actually grown to like it and what it stands for. Mum remembers knitting it for me, and that’s a plus with her dementia these days.’
John thought for a minute then stood up.
‘Hang on……………. I have just the thing…..’ he said.
He came back into the room with a wide leather belt.
‘You can use this and wear it as a dress!’ he grinned triumphantly.
She hugged him tight.
‘Mum is going to love you!’ she replied.
‘As long as she doesn’t offer to knit me one to match, I hope she does!’

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to First Line Friday: December 20th, 2019

  1. Sadje says:

    What a beautiful story. 😍

  2. Violet Lentz says:

    Excellent telling Di. As we advance in age stories like this become so much more familiar.

    • I know. I have my dad’s cardy knitted by my Mum in1975, I’ve always loved it and will not part with it, even though it’s threadbare, baggy and I did a terrible darn on the sleeve.

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