Appreciation Can Take Time

My Grandma D.  used to crochet.  Slippers, tea cozies, those odd boxes that folks sometimes slip over Kleenex ™ boxes on commodes…  She used to knit kitschy stuff.

When I was sixteen – the big One Six – she gave me a gift.  A gift of hangers that had been slip-covered, if you will, in yarn.  Not a half-dozen or so, no, but forty or so.  A huge box of yarn-covered hangers.  For my “Hopeless Chest.”  (I started my Hope Chest as a teen. Yep. I was one of those girls.)

I smiled and thanked her in all politeness, as expected. I was an entirely well-mannered young lady.


It took me a long, long time to really appreciate these hangers. They get dirty, yes, and take up a great deal of space while hanging up in a closet.  Over the years, some of them have unraveled and been bent and so on…


I have come to really appreciated these hangers.  The yarn keeps the edges from being sharp and letting knit and cotton garments become malformed. They’re great for hanging shirts to dry in good shape, too. Finally, the yarn “grips” soft fabric, so that tops and dresses don’t slide from a hanger and land on the floor.

Silly things, perhaps, but I am thankful for all of them.

Grandma D. died more than twenty years ago. I believe I will see her again, one day. And when I do, I will thank her for the hangers – with a more sincere heart than I did almost thirty years ago.


  1. Warren C. Bennett · July 30, 2011

    …so you can do more with clothing than throw them in the corner as storage? I mean I’ve heard that but…

    • Sandi · August 2, 2011

      Shocking as it might be to believe, it is TRUE. One can HANG UP CLOTHES. They are often nicer looking as a result. Try it. 😉

      • Warren C. Bennett · August 2, 2011

        I dunno…. It seems so weird and odd. It might summon a nether world monster or something. Although I did go through my trailer and find a *ton* of old clothing I thought I had lost.

  2. Anonymous · July 31, 2011

    My dear sister of Nez – you wrote “yard” (in the second sentence of the second paragraph) instead of yarn. lol Pretty funny. I hope you are doing well with the move, and that you will let us know how you are. Love you.


    • Sandi · August 2, 2011

      I can always count on you to point out the egg on my face. Thank you. LOL I may even fix it. 🙂

      Love you too!

  3. Dionne Layne Morales · October 12, 2012

    Dear Sandi how are you can you tell is your last name really Layne?

    • Sandi · October 12, 2012

      Hello, Dionne! 🙂

      It is not my legal last name, no. It’s a family name on my husband’s side. When I started writing professionally, I asked if I could take it on for my pen name.

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