You may not realize this about me (Virginia) but my super power is remembering people. I usually can remember a person, his/her name and what she/he was working on. Perhaps even ask about the big date you were going on after a Saturday sewing class or get an update on your house hunting/buying. I make a point of asking lots of questions when I'm teaching or mingling at Pints 'n Purls. You can't have me cut your fabric without being peppered with questions about what you are making. And if you end up asking me about yarn, well, I'll be stalking your progress on Ravelry before you even have time to knit a swatch. I'm totally being honest when I say, "share a picture or bring it in." Because I remember you.
above: Megan Lally from her Pink Blog <PREVIEWEND>
This super power confession brings me to this post. I remember Megan. She homebrewed some amazing blueberry ale and brought it to a Pints 'n Purls in spring of 2011. She was sitting at the head of the old oak table. She was generous enough to offer me a glass of beer. Which we proceeded to spill everywhere. And we laughed so hard about it. And I admired her whale zippered box bag. Made with whale fabric from the store. Bought right after we had opened. It wasn't actually hers, she had made it for her sister, Jocelyn. She never mentioned metastatic breast cancer. Or anything about her health. She was full of life. She was 31.
I received a request today to sponsor The First Annual Memorial 5K Run and Fun Walk for Megan Lally to benefit Metastatic Breast Cancer Research. I wish Gather Here was over the hurdle, that we had finished our new studio expansion and that all the additional classes were paying for it. Because I would give so much money to sponsor this run. We're committing to being a Friend Sponsor, maybe if August is a super profitable month we'll go Bronze. Megan and Jocelyn's friend, Greeley sent us a message via Facebook about the run. Greeley is one of the most awesome people I've met since opening the store. And I know this Memorial 5K is something she is committed to. And now we are, too. Because this generous, wonderful woman should still be here. Knitting socks. Sewing bags. Doing normal things with the people who really did know her and remember her.
The race is on October 14th in Worcester. There will be beer. There will be music. And yes, there will be a 5K race along Lake Quinsagamond. There's a certain sewing physician that has been nudging me to get back to running...Suzin (if you're reading this blog), I think we should run this 5K. And maybe "you" should register, too. We can run this together, we can honor the memory of a knitter who made a hell of a blueberry ale and died way too young.
Don't think you can run? Donate to the Megan Lally Memorial Fund here. And thank you.