Benny is Home

I got a call last night from Camden, all excited and thankful that Benny made it home. Benny’s story is told here. I was told he was dancing with joy when he opened the package. Camden told me he had been checking the mail for a “long time” and thought maybe I had thrown Benny out because he “was waiting so long.”

DSCN3681 (875x1280)_wmI told him that Benny needed tender loving care and that it takes a while to fix a bear. I also told Camden he would have to love Benny gently. Camden assured me that he just took Benny to bed. When I suggested that maybe Benny was in a pillow fight or two, Camden admitted that he once used Benny’s arms to tie him around his neck.

That explains this picture:

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I heard all about how Benny got his name and how much he missed him. I am glad Benny is home.

This space quilt also went home with Benny:


I told him to find Orion on the quilt and then Orion’s belt. We talked about how Orion is the easiest constellation to find at night. We both went outside to look, but it was too cloudy to see any stars. Camden wanted to go out each night and call me so we could find the different constellations. I suggested we could do it every once in a while. 🙂

He continued to read the names off the quilt and then commented, “I didn’t know there was a constellation called poop.” Leave it to an 8-year-old boy to find that one.

I heard all about the stars, planets and asteroids on the quilt, but one comment that tickled me was the one he made about how he liked the stitching I did on the edges around the space ships and rockets.

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Finding humorous constellations I expect, commenting on stitching I did not.

Interspersed with all the space quilt talk were thank-you’s for Benny.

Camden ended the conversation with, “Grandma, how can I ever thank-you enough for fixing Benny and making the space quilt?”

You just did Camden, you just did.

I love you. Miss you and your brothers.

Take good care of Benny, share the quilt with your brothers and some night soon when the stars are our we will have to find Orion.

Love you, Grandma

Does it get any better than this?

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

  • Diane Rincon

    Oh my goodness, Jackie, what a special boy. You have such a wonderful relationship. My son and I were talking on the phone last night. The subject of sewing came up of course. He told me he mends his children’s stuffies. He and his little son pick out NON matching thread, and he mends them. I must look more closely next time I’m there.

    • Jackie

      I just wish he didn’t live so far away. 🙁

  • Darla

    This is the best time of year to find the big dipper and the big bear (reference to big Benny??), in the spring after sunset 1-2 hours usually the big dipper is to the north, pouring down water from the ladle onto the ground (as in wet spring rain). The rest of the big bear is around the dipper, two really large legs going off to the bottom curling at the sides. And usually “below” the bear & dipper (aka up towards the top of the sky near the zenith) is Leo the Lion, which looks like a large backwards question mark, he’s big & bright but more spread out than the big dipper so slightly harder to see. Orion is more winter, so may be already trying to set near the west when you’re out looking, so you may need to wait for about 8 or so months for him now. Unless I’m remembering wrong. Good luck, and I have loved your space quilt. Glad Benny got such great care.

    • Jackie

      Thanks Darla, I guess that tells you how much I know about the stars. Actually other than Orion…..

      It’s funny that you mentioned when you could see Orion because Camden asked me what seasons you would be able to find him. I guess I am not smarter than an 8 year-old.

  • Kristen

    He requested to learn science at night before they go to sleep…..of of course all from the star quilt. It currently lays on the floor stretched out between their beds. 🙂 And constellation named “The Poop” was the first one pointed out to me…they just laughed and laughed about it.

    • Jackie

      Funny how I can quilt it all over and never notice it and Camden does right away. Love those boys, I am glad they are having fun with it.

  • manda

    can you tell me where you found the fabrics?

    • Jackie

      The bear is minky fabric. You can buy something similar at JoAnn’s. The quality there is not the same as a quilt shop, but it is still nice. Many quilt shops carry it.

      The space fabric I purchased at the Fons and Porter shop, but it may have been in clearance. Hope this helps.