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The Thread MAG

June 27, 2008
By Aliza Gans BRONZE, Woodbridge, Connecticut
Aliza Gans BRONZE, Woodbridge, Connecticut
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The knitting club meets at the women’s center every ­Friday. Today they are working on ­pastel-colored baby socks.

The women clink metal needles and grumble about their husbands, ex-husbands, and rheumatic pets.

“Charlie forgot to take out the recycling yesterday. The trash man had to come into my house because I have such a cold, and he smelled like stale beer.”

The lady with silvery hair draws the curtains ­embroidered with peacocks. Pale light floods the cream-wallpapered parlor.

“The sky looks like rain. Maybe we’ll get a ­thunderstorm if the wind picks up. I’m terrified of storms at night – when the sky bursts like a Polaroid camera.”

The lady who likes to knit in yellow brings in her record player every week. She plays vinyl recordings of Chopin, Dizzy Gillespie, and during the winter, Dean Martin’s Christmas carols.

“This week we have Chopin’s Concerto No. 2, but there’s a scratch right after the first movement.”

They sip black-as-shoe-polish coffee from tiny porcelain cups until their tight buns uncoil into soft, ash-colored curls.

“It’s too weak today. Too watery.”

The lady with silvery hair pulls out twisted strands from her scalp and weaves them into each row of the sock pattern.

“I want my grandbaby to know what I smelled like when I’m gone.”

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on Jan. 15 2016 at 10:27 pm
simplyinferior GOLD, Ottawa, Illinois
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I agree! This is the story you ponder over

Suhaima said...
on Apr. 5 2014 at 5:02 pm
Suhaima, Lol, Other
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Pulled it together, much like a thread. haha. 

jailene BRONZE said...
on Nov. 4 2013 at 5:12 pm
jailene BRONZE, Dorchester, Massachusetts
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The ending gets you thinking. I love it!

CammyS SILVER said...
on Oct. 28 2012 at 8:02 am
CammyS SILVER, Papillion, Nebraska
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Favorite Quote:
No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
H. G. Wells
Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream.
Mark Twain

I went into the story not expecting to like it, but you really took me by surprise. It was really touching.

on Aug. 23 2012 at 6:45 pm
KnitsandPurls GOLD, Mahtomedi, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"I cannot live without books"
--Thomas Jefferson

So glad you got published for this! I have never read anything that deserves it more!

on May. 17 2012 at 4:33 pm
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
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This is quiet and yet full of emotion- I love how understated everything is. The last line is beautiful.

Trixy14 said...
on Feb. 29 2012 at 12:21 pm
Trixy14, St.pete, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"A man who dares to waste one hour of his life, has not discovered the value of life." -Charles R. Darwin (Wicked smart scientist)

I can tell that you really know what you're doing. You put effort into it.  This story is short yet simple and thought-provoking. Truly inspiring.

on Dec. 3 2011 at 1:13 pm
awensman95 SILVER, Alexandria, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
"All dreams come true if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney

Your imagery and wording is awesome! 

on Sep. 28 2011 at 8:58 pm
zadiekatie23 PLATINUM, Rio Rancho, New Mexico
39 articles 4 photos 69 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." - Dr. Seuss

The conciseness of this made it enjoyable to read. It's always funny to hear grumbling old people, even if it's on paper(or screen). I thought the last line was sad, but it did pull it together. Thanks!

on Sep. 6 2011 at 7:25 pm
Rocinante SILVER, Wexford, Pennsylvania
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Cool! I don't know how people manage to get so much into so few words, I always have trouble saying what I want to in 1000 words for contests! The last line is both scary and thought-provoking. Wow. Great job.

on Aug. 15 2011 at 6:09 pm
xxEbonyxx SILVER, McKinney, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Take me as I am

This was a very good article. I have to say, I creeped me out a bit, but that's the best part.

on Jun. 10 2011 at 11:57 pm
Krikette BRONZE, Sunnyvale, California
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"Very refreshing, unique topic". I agree. 

Well written over all. The last two lines are especially poignant.

on May. 19 2011 at 5:59 pm
Nerdygal19 BRONZE, Aurora, Illinois
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Favorite Quote:
"Move on. It's just a chapter in the past. But don't close the book, just turn the page."

Excellent point! It was very interesting! Beautifully written!

on Mar. 14 2011 at 6:32 pm
rubyrainstorm SILVER, Closter, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

It was a cute article. I just wish you could focus more on one grandma. Maybe you could say that one of them was different. One of them didn't complain, just concentrated on her knitting. That would help the reader connect with the characters more. But otherwise, it was a beautifully written piece. Very refreshing, and a unique topic. Hope to hear more from you! 8)

on Feb. 20 2011 at 10:57 am
SongAway BRONZE, Burton-Upon-trent, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"I need to find me a quote"??

This story doesn't conform to the normal layout which makes it really refreshing. I like how you've played on the old women knitting and moaning theme, it made me laugh. It's short and simple and made me smile at the end. This story shouldn't really work, it amazingly does though. Woah, well done.

on Jan. 7 2011 at 5:43 pm
Elizabeth_Day SILVER, Battle Ground, Washington
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That's a really good point.  I wondered what it was about too, but now that I think about it, I'll remember this story because of it's different feel.  The drifting isn't so much aimless, as it is relaxed.  Very much like knitting.  :)

Meli14 BRONZE said...
on Nov. 24 2010 at 1:46 am
Meli14 BRONZE, Othello, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
"god is love, and love is real"

I Am Free Read please!Rate thanks(:

on Oct. 11 2010 at 6:14 pm
RhiannonB BRONZE, Taos, New Mexico
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Favorite Quote:
"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

-Albert Einstein

I agree. The author knows how to add the unexpected. Very nice piece.

on Sep. 19 2010 at 10:42 am
deus-ex-machina14 BRONZE, Stewartsville, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"There are two main tragedies in life. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it." -Oscar Wilde

This is so sad and beautiful, I just love it!!Check out some of my writing if you have time!

coly33 BRONZE said...
on Aug. 6 2010 at 2:58 pm
coly33 BRONZE, Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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aww i love the last line i wasnt expecting that when i was reading the other parts it was just refreshing to read this and also very sad