I can be pretty dense at times.
I'm going to chalk it up to to my early morning radio show hours that dictate a wake-up time of 2:30 a.m. I live in a perpetual state of exhaustion. So, I mistook this lovely bowl of wooden objects on Bruce Kramer's coffee table as funky wood puzzle pieces.
They are polished oak crosses designed to be held in one's hand.
Bruce and his beloved wife Ev received a box of them recently from a long ago friend who now lives in Esko, Minnesota. This lovely woman knows about Bruce's life with ALS and wanted to do something for the family.
The woman and her sister are talented woodworkers so they crafted these crosses. They are designed to be grasped in the hand, their heft has a comforting feel and that is the point. These small talismans are reminders of the love of a Higher Power for us all and the comfort that knowledge can bring.
Friends and caregivers are invited to take one when they visit.
Because Bruce does not have the use of his hands, I consider it an act of love to hold one of those crosses and meditate on it on his behalf while also seeking solace for myself. Truly they are a handful of grace and a thoughtful gesture from a long ago friend.
The Blog Authors
Bruce started writing about living with ALS shortly after being diagnosed in 2010. The blog is called the "Dis Ease Diary."
Cathy is a journalist so she's used to writing. Blogging is different because it feels so personal and that can be scary. Bear with her. She'll figure it out!
You may hear from Ev from time to time. Ev is Bruce's beloved wife. She's a music teacher at a French immersion school.