Thursday, October 23, 2008

Hand (Not Mine): "This is My Rifle" Embroidery

I came across this piece when I was trolling my Flickr pools, and I just had to share it. I was intrigued by the caption underneath the photo, the promise of a story, so I checked out Knit-R-Done's blog to find out more about this incredibly detailed embroidery:

Not only has Knit-R-Done made an amazing piece of work, but her prose explaining the meaning of the piece is just breathtaking.

I have to amit, it struck a nerve with me, which is maybe why I loved it so. My thirty-something, family man, brother-in-law joined the Army last year. He's the first member of my family -- blood or extended -- that I know who's joined the military. He's a Lieutenant now, and we're all waiting to see where he's finally going to be stationed after all his specialized training.

It's been an adjustment for me knowing that there's this whole other man inside the goofy guy I once knew...but I know it's nothing compared to the adjustments and sacrifices his wife and kids have gone through. This made me think of my sister-in-law...and honestly understand her a bit more.


Katie Kutthroat said...

both of my brothers are talking about joining the military right now.. i am worried for the both of them :(

Sherezada said...

I hear you, Katie. I wasn't thrilled about my bro-in-law's decision, especially since he has three kids. I was worried then, I'm worried now.

I hope everything works out for your brothers, hon, and that they stay safe, regardless.