This is not just another Afghanalong Map Update. Throughout the last six months, the Afghanalong has brought many surprises (who could forget the ‘Haggis Whistle’ that accompanied Heather’s Scottish squares?) and moments of pure wonderment at the generosity of strangers. But this one takes the cake. So I will just give you the facts.
We have a reader, Tish, in New York State. Earlier this year, Tish wrote us a comment sharing that her sister Jenny is in the Army, stationed in Afghanistan. Soon after, Tish sent us some squares. Emotionally speaking, that was enough for me. I had not foreseen that we might get squares from soldiers’ families, and it was deeply moving.
Yesterday, I got another envelope from Tish, stuffed with squares.
Including this one:
And this note:
Enclosed are more afghan squares. One Noro Kureyon and the rest Peaches & Creme 100% cotton (cheap Wal-Mart clearance, but they get softer w/ each wash and wear well!) One of the rainbow squares is via my sister (she learned how to knit as a child, but claims to have forgotten so I knit it and had her send it back so you could mark A-stan off on your map). ….. She is working with women’s groups to make sure their concerns are being heard.
I hope this gets to you in time. Sometimes the mail turnaround from here to A-stan and back is only a week or two and sometimes more like a month or two (the square had a long trip!) I’ve enclosed photos of my sister…..Take Care. Tish
P.S. My oldest son just shipped out to A-stan w/his unit. My sister hopes to meet up w/him this week. He is also a lapsed knitter!
Tish, here’s the updated map, showing A-stan in red:
And here is a photo of sister Jenny and a young Afghan friend:
Tish writes that Jenny’s tour was scheduled to expire in October, but she has extended it to spend more time working on Afghan women’s issues. We wish her all the best, and especially a safe return.
Thanks so much, Tish, Jenny and family.
P.S. UPDATE! Tish just emailed me this fantastic picture of Jenny meeting up with Tish’s son Matt under the bright Afghanistan sky:
Would somebody PLEASE pass the Kleenex! Godspeed, Jenny & Matt!