My brother-in-law, Sam, who passed away last month, came to crafting late in his life. His daughter Mary-Louise, was getting married in July of last year and decided pink tissue poms would be a great decoration for the tent and gazebo. Mary-Louise is excellent at creative ideas, a little less at execution of said ideas. She made a few before returning to school, but didn't make a dent in the 200 plus she needed to decorate.
In the meantime, my sister Elizabeth, Sam's wife, was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a double mastectomy in February and then chemotherapy. Her recovery from surgery lasted several weeks and Sam was quite undone. Thankfully, he starting crafting. The man who had never heard of a tissue pom, diligently made poms every night and would report to Mary-Louise how many he had completed each day.
Mary-Louise had purchased pink and green tissue paper, but left her father strict instructions that he was not to mix colors. Somewhere around pom 175, Sam let Mary-Louise know that he thought the solid colors were kind of boring and that the mixed poms were coming out awfully cute. No, Mary-Louise reiterated, one color only. Despite his newly-developed sense of pom style, he returned to making solid poms.
The results of his crafting were fabulous. He kept busy during a very stressful time. My sister fully recovered and was finished with chemotherapy in time for the July wedding. The poms looked wonderful. The multi-color poms were mysteriously misplaced by the wedding planner. And a 58-year-old man learned to make tissue poms for his daughter's wedding.
In fact, when daughter number three got married last October (yes, it was a big year at their house), Sam tried to convince the more subtly-styled Margaret that poms would be a great addition to her decorations as well. Apparently he had found his craft calling. She declined, so Sam was left to busy his hands writing checks for said wedding.
Sam's legacy to me will be the wonderful family he created and adored with all his heart. And those wonderful poms. I'm sure the funeral home wondered why his girls insisted on including a tissue pom with the display of flowers.
Sam and his family at daughter # 3's wedding in October, including new granddaughter Sophia.