The Unforgettable Robin Smith

By Ann Shayne
July 20, 2017

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  • Wow. A life well lived to make the Universe sing. Thank you for sharing the well crafted and touching. words of her daughter. What an inspiration in these strange and awful times to know that it is indeed possible to live a happy life in the truest sense.
    So sorry for your loss.

  • Thank you for sharing Robin’s story of a live filled with love.

  • Beautiful beautiful beautiful!

  • I met Robin on my first trip to Nashville. She radiated trust and trustworthiness, and joy. Am I misremembering that she was wearing bib overalls as we sat on the floor of Angel Hair Yarn, sewing up blankets and talking about everything? What a beautiful tribute from Julie.

    • 🙂 I remember that, too, Kay.

  • Beautiful tribute to her Mom. Robin must have been an a
    Angel on Earth.

  • Oh, Julie, what a beautiful tribute! I only knew Robin through the knitternets, yet I too received — for my daughters — matching handknit scarves a decade ago when I brought my second home from China. She will be missed, but she will always be remembered.

  • Very touching tribute from Robins daughter thank you for sharing this with us.

  • Oh.
    Thanks so much for sharing this most beautiful tribute. How lucky you were to have known this gentle spirit/force of nature. XO

  • “..valuable because it is finite.” Amen! An invitation to grab every hug and kiss, knit all the yarn, read all the books, take in all the beauty. Thank you for this!

    • Well said!

  • Julie, thank you for giving voice to your mother’s wisdom: to live life to the fullest with gratitude, grace and appreciation of family traditions and community. What a wonderful message! From a mother’s perspective, perhaps Robin’s greatest legacy is that her values will endure through her observant, sensitive and articulate daughter.

    • So true!
      Thank you for expressing what I could not.

  • How beautiful and how inspiring. Took me a while to read it to the end because my eyes kept filling up. Thank you, Julie, for sharing your Mom with the MDK readership. I remember Ann writing about her (then little) boy learning to knit, and I’ve often mentioned your Mom’s second grade knitting lessons to teachers and parents here in New England as an example of “more of this would be a good thing, don’t you think?” What a wonderful legacy, and what a fine person. Thank you.

  • Wow, what a wonderful tribute. It brought me to tears and reminded me to be grateful, oh so grateful. So sorry for your–and the entire community’s–loss Ann.

  • Such a lovely remembrance, such a wonderfully lived life! I’ll be listening to my Gillian Welch today and focusing on gratitude. Thanks for sharing.

  • I am weeping. I wish I had known her.

  • Oh my…crying at my desk at work…loving this post, thinking of my dear mom who died last December, missing her so much today, as I read this beautiful loving eulogy of another amazing woman and mom…thank you!!!

  • Thanks for sharing this. It helps to be reminded to be grateful no matter what or whom your loving.

  • What a beautiful eulogy. I never met your friend, and yet, here I am in Starbucks in tears. Thank you for sharing.

  • Thank you for sharing this. Very inspiring and a reminder that every day is precious. Sending love and support to all of her dear ones.

  • Ann, thank you for sharing this. What an exemplary teacher and human being. “You can’t say ‘you can’t play’.” What a wonderful person to have in your life.

  • Perfect. Thanks for sharing. Hugs.

  • It was a beautiful service. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Such a lovely lady! She will definitely be missed. Her spunk and joy was endearing. Thanks for sharing this on your site. I am so glad to have known wonderful Robin.

  • What an amazing woman. How good of you to share this and how brave of her daughter to be able to write about her mom’s life. I bet they have the best craft supplies ever in heaven.

  • I’m sorry I didn’t know her. She was obviously a remarkable woman with an equally remarkable daughter. My sympathy to everyone who loved her.

  • What a beautiful thing to share! I am sorry I never knew her. My condolences to you, Ann, and her family. She sounds like one that will truly be missed.

  • What a beautiful eulogy. I’m in tears.

  • Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute. Robin Smith is still teaching….how to live well and good.

  • How lovely! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Thank you for sharing the gift of your mom’s life, joy, generosity and wisdom.

  • Oh, that’s just beautiful.

  • My heart is sad to read this post. I met Robin a very long time ago when she worked as a long term sub at USN, before her tenure at Ensworth. 9 years ago when I began tutoring, I worked with a second grader in her class. He was knitting like crazy and made everyone in his family hand knit gifts that holiday season. So my heart is also happy to know how many lives were touched in many positive ways by this extraordinary woman.

  • I was one of those lunchtime visitors. During my last visit with Robin, she showed me how to make pompoms for a scarf I was trying to finish. Always the teacher! That last visit, she showed me every gush-worthy craft she was working on including an Alabama Chanin skirt and baby blankets. She said the blankets were for her future grandchildren. She was brave! I learned more than just the needle arts during our visits. She set a beautiful example for courage, grace, and how to live each day to the fullest. I am going to miss her. Love to the family. Judy

  • Thank you for sharing this. It made me think of my own holiday- and birthday-loving mom, though her gifts were carefully chosen second-hand ones, not handmade. (And her mashed potatoes came from a box.) Also, Robin and I are the same age. I’m so sorry that this wonderful-sounding woman is no longer on this plane of existence!

  • Oh, I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Robin and I spoke of knitting a few times, I sent her a pattern in June. Godspeed sweet Robin.

  • Thank you

  • Beautiful

  • this is an absolutely glorious tribute

  • How beautiful

  • I am speechless. Grateful for this sharing.♡

  • i wish i could have known this woman

  • Thank you, Ann, for sharing Julie’s words. They were difficult to hear during the profoundly impactful service. There is much to hear, remember, and model in Robin’s life and Julie captures much of it.

    There was something about “Ms. Smith” that reminded me of my own mother, something that cemented my connection with her when she taught two of my three children. I am grateful for Robin and her messages: live days filled with gratitude; find joy in the small routines and traditions in those days. So sorry she has left us.

  • ❤️

  • Please send me the daily letter

  • What a small world! My son knew Robin through the American Library Association! She knit some baby things for his girls. He had told me about the memorial service. Thank you for posting the eulogy. I can see why he loved her so much.

  • What an inspirational life and eulogy. Thank you for sharing these moving and uplifting words which I have been privileged to read. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

  • Thank you for sharing Robin’s eulogy. What a lovely tribute by her daughter. Inspiring words to be grateful for this day!

  • Thank you for sharing….we should all strive to do our best with this brief span we have been given

  • First of all let me say “thank you” for sharing your most personal thoughts and feelings of your Mother with us. People who never met or knew your Mother, but yet…knew of Mothers like her as having Mothers like her ourselves.
    Your recollections were so spot on and so heartfelt that it brought tears to my eyes and a melancholy remembrance of my own Mom as she filled our home with her knowledge, love and peace of heart. We are all so much richer and blessed for having been raised and have loved people so well. People that touch others in a positive way and enriched our lives.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Ann

  • I think my life is better for knowing about hers xxx

  • Beautiful!

  • A life well lived. Thank you.

  • Wish more of us had known you MOM! What a Brilliant Woman and how Lucky YOU and Your Brother are to have been raised by HER!