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Earlier this week I wrote about how wearing an apron makes me feel cozy and inspires me.
Who knew the words 'apron' and 'inspiration' could bring such a flood of reader response. The winner of my apron giveaway is...(drum roll, please)...Cindy Snider, who reads at the book club and plays a dulcimer. (I had to look up what a dulcimer was.)
"Suzanne, in answer to your question...the timing is perfect! I'm 60 something and learning to play the dulcimer. I joined a small folk music group, and we meet once a week to play together for an hour or so. This is my me time. I've spent my life working, volunteering as a Sunday school teacher, a teacher's aide, and late in life, a stay-at-home mom to our only child who is chronically ill. I've had this dulcimer for 25 years or so. At that time, I took six lessons and entered a competition and surprised everyone including myself! So, I need to be inspired to pursue this hidden talent and maybe, just maybe, someone out there will say hey, if she can do it so can I! Thanks Suzanne."--Cindy Snider
(Suzanne replies:) Cindy, your apron is on the way. Please send us a photo of you wearing the apron while playing the dulcimer.
"Last night I put out my kitchen Christmas decorations. One of the things I hang up every year is my Grandmother's Christmas apron, not the fancy ones she had in her drawer that she was given, but never wore (she was keeping them 'for good'), but the one she wore for her REAL cooking. It's terry cloth and the design is so faded you can barely see it. The strings are faded and wrinkled. But I love it, because it is her. It even still sort of smells like her. And yes, I wear it when I cook for Christmas.--Karin D.
I've tried several times during your various apron offers to win one, but it hasn't happened yet. I'm persistent! You asked what inspiration we might need, and without even thinking about it I can quickly answer strength and courage. It's a constant work in progress for me, and I'm sure for many, many others. You've alluded to this same subject, yourself, in countless columns. Thanks, as always, for the opportunity to win one of these wonderful vintage aprons!--Mary Q.
(Suzanne replies:) Mary, I'm sending you an apron, too. Watch for it in the mail.
I need an inspiration so maybe your apron will do the trick. It's the holiday season and usually I am drawn to sadness this time of year. This year is no exception. My husband's job is losing customers and he might have to look for a new one, and in the past two weeks there have been two deaths of people near and close to me. I am looking for work myself after a 19 year absence spent raising my children and taking care of elderly parents. Clearly I need the inspiration to keep my chin up, and not get sucked into the usual depressing thoughts that invade my mind every year around this time. Will your apron do that? I've read your book and I know that you are no stranger to life's challenges. How did you do it? I hope I win your magic apron!"--Karen M.
(Suzanne replies:) Karen, my sympathies for your loss. An apron is on the way. I hope it brings you the inspiration you're looking for.
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