Once upon a time (in May of 2011), I was vending at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. A little blonde haired boy came into my booth with his grandma. He was looking at all the rug samples that were hanging up on my display. "Excuse me," he said, "could you tell me how much the cat rug costs?" He pointed to a hooked sample of Lori Brechlin's design, Binx. "Oh, honey", I said, "the rug is not for sale. It's a sample so that people will see it and want to make it." Before I could barely turn around, I heard him say "Grandma, will you make that rug for me?" How sweet, I thought, and his grandma did indeed buy the pattern.
Now fast forward to just last week. I received an e-mail and a picture from Cooper's grandma. She had finished her hooking and Cooper is proudly holding his new rug.
Cooper's grandma says that he is her biggest fan and loves her rug hooking. He often watches her hook and suggests where she should put each row of wool.
I always smile when I think about Cooper coming into my booth and asking about the cat rug. Isn't it amazing how little things like that leave a big impression in your heart?