I found this link through the Work to Change the World Link at the Christian Science Monitor, and thought others might like to see it, too. It is about Bosnian women who are knitting together to form a new business and are making new bonds in their lives as well.
Thanks for sharing the article - I found it very warming to know that these women were able to put their horrible and sad difference behind them and go on. The women who lost her husband and son hit me hard and it doesn't seem all that bad that next year I will be an empty nester - my sadness is now put into perspective. It truly makes you stop and think; these women are to be admired. deborah
The Small Loans programs that the UN and others are running to help women in the world to start micro businesses have really paid off for their children as well. Deborah, I have an article posted in my studio about an African widow who was helped so that she could sell enough little fried snacks to feed her children and she was even able to send them to school. She had the book/paper/pencil money for her children after one year. Whenever I feel a little down about my own tiny business struggling along, I just look at that article for a good while and feel the blessings of my life rush over me and wish blessings for her, too. It's a way to stay connected to our sisterhood of women everywhere, these little reminders.
I agree completely with you about feeling connected with women from the past and present. So many times when I knit I think of other women and what they are thinking about/worrying about while they knit. I think of the women during the times when they "had" to knit and during the times of great wars and how they worried about their husbands/sons or how they knitted for celebration when a baby was born. Knitting has touched me in so many ways besides just knitting a pretty sweater. Thanks for sharing these stories. deborah