August 13, 2007
Just had to share this letter from reader Sue Smith, which illustrates the mighty power of the ballband dishcloth–that most humble of patterns, the pattern that has been around for ages, putting sponges out of business. I know a ballband dishcloth has extraordinary absorptive powers, but I didn’t know it could do this:
I just had to tell you what just happened to me thanks to ballband washcloths.
I live in NJ, & the only place I can find the Peaches & Creme yarn is in Wal-mart, so whenever I see one I stop to find more colors. That is the only reason I was in that particular Wal-mart in Rockaway, NJ today. On our way out of the parking lot I noticed a van all the way in the back, with the doors open & a dog on a leash sitting outside the van. With my second look, because I love animals, I saw a sign on the van’s window saying “family stranded, no money, need help”. I told my husband to turn the car around, got out, & asked what happened. That poor family was driving back from vacation on the way home which is Florida, & their old van broke down. It took all their money to fix it & they had none for gas & tolls to get home. I gave them $20, but could not just leave. We went back into the store, bought 2 cases of water & boxes of food & of course, dog food, plus gave them $60. They were so thankful because there were also 3 kids with them, that the husband hugged me & cried. We went to drive off again, & I made my husband turn around again, I couldn’t get them halfway home, I had to give them an even $200, which should pay for gas back to Florida.
We have been very blessed in our lives & it gave me such a good feeling to help these people who aren’t as blessed as we are. I just had to write you because if it wasn’t for those dishcloths, I wouldn’t have been there to help these people.
Of course, I’m joking about the ballband dishcloth’s awesome power. But I’m not joking when I say that Sue’s willingness to help, snipsnap just like that, is so inspiring. Such a great story–thanks, Sue, for telling us about your experience.