Monday, March 27, 2006
Lindy's 100 Good Wishes quilt is complete
Today my friend, Jean, made a very special delivery--Lindy's 100 Good Wishes quilt. Jean put so much effort into this very special keepsake, and we just can't thank her enough. In China, the birth of a baby is welcomed with a Bai Jia Bei, or 100 Good Wishes quilt. The quilt is traditionally made from scraps of clothing contributed by family and friends. This special project for Lindy began many months ago, and is now ready. Thank you for all who contributed, and Jean thank you for all you did.
It is quilted in red thread which has a special significance. There is an old Chinese legend which goes as follows:
"An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but never break."
It is God's plan that Lindy join our family. Our red thread is getting shorter, and shorter and when Lindy comes home, she will have this beautiful quilt, filled with many stories, ready for her.
I look forward to the day when we tell her about each special contributor and the stories associated with several of the squares. Whether it is about the fuzzy pink square from cousin Brooke, or the piece of a yellow striped sheet that was evacuated from a New York City penthouse after 9/11, this quilt will "speak" for years. Right now, it says, "Welcome home, Lindy Li-Xiao Osborn."