I’m extremely pleased to recognize my friendship with Ms. Gerry Graham, a good friend and a very nice woman I met five years ago right here in southern Alexandria. Back in 2008, my oldest daughter was just shy of being two years old. In my typical creative spirit, I was seeking out fun, exciting projects to work on.
Just two years earlier, my husband had bought me a sewing machine, but it got dust on it from non-use. Little by little, I started using my sewing machine in little spurts of time. My mom showed me some basic techniques, while I picked up the rest of my sewing skills on my own from basic trial and error.
I went for the gusto and decided to make a quilt, just because. I honestly cannot remember which one was my first quilt, but I had already made a few by the time I met Gerry. I went onto our local, Alexandria Freecycle website (used to be here but has now moved here) and found out that Gerry was giving away fabric for free. All I had to do was go to her home and pick it up.
(Freecycle is a lot like Craigslist. People post stuff they want to get rid of. You contact the person who placed the ad and set up arrangements for pick-up.)
I went to Gerry’s house with my oldest daughter. Gerry enjoyed my company so much that she asked me to sit down so that we could chit chat for a while. Gerry’s home was filled with stuffed animals, collectibles, and sporting memorabilia. My daughter loved it all. While my daughter was well entertained, Gerry asked me a bunch of questions, which I really didn’t mind answering.
Gerry took an interest in me and my daughter and wanted to know more about me. I handed Gerry one of my business postcards and told her that I make diaper cakes and that I sew quilts. Would you believe that she ordered a diaper cake on the spot? She also asked me to make her a quilt.
I was truly dumbfounded that such a simple Freecycle transaction in which I was supposed to pick up fabric ended up being a day of making a new friend and earning business. From that moment forward, Gerry ended up ordering two more quilts and we became good friends after that.
It has been almost 5.5 years since I met Gerry. We are still good friends today, even though we live so close to one another and barely have time to meet up for friendship and coffee. Now that I have two girls, my life is busier than ever. She keeps busy, too, with her own family and personal projects.
Gerry is a mother of four adult children who have several children of their own. I do not remember how many grandchildren Gerry has, but I know it is a lot! Gerry recently graduated from online coursework in December 2011. She is frequently on Facebook posting inspirational messages and on occasion, a pictorial homage to her favorite sports team, the Dallas Cowboys.
After our quilt and diaper cake transactions ended, I thought that was that, but the friendship continued. Gerry has gone out of her way to text me, call me, and consistently ask how my girls are doing. Since I tell Gerry frequently that I’m off to New Jersey to visit my mother, Gerry makes it a point to also ask how she is doing.
Gerry has expressed so much genuine concern for me. I am so grateful and touched to have such a sincere friend who really cares about me and my family. Now, it is my great pleasure to give public thanks to a lovely woman. Thank you, my dear friend Gerry, for all you do for me. Thank you for being my friend and caring for me.
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