Aging / Health

New Isn’t Always Better

I am a sentimental person I will admit, but I can let go of certain things.  There are some things that make my heart smile , and I will always keep them. My husband does not understand this sentiment.  He believes new is better.

Take for instance this quilt that goes at the foot of our bed each day, and when the weather gets a little chilly it warms better than anything electric.

This quilt has been with me since moving to Fort Worth some 44 years ago, and was probably not new when I received it.  As I packed my car to come to Fort Worth, my neighbor Miss Callie came across the street with this beautiful quilt to keep me warm when I needed it.  It was not only meant to keep me warm during cold nights, it was meant to keep me warm from cold people, cold circumstances–it was meant to ward off the coldness of the world.  This quilt was meant to wrap the love of Della Lane around me. It has done all of this and more.

Over the years it has warmed my daughters and now my grandson.  This quilt has warded off all evil spirits. Everyone reaches for this one quilt.  It seems to warm you from the inside to the outside.  Miss Callie’s quilt warms your heart.

Maybe it’s the love that it was made from. Someone made it with love for Miss Callie, and she lovingly gave it to me. 

As the years have come and gone, we’ve had to mend “our” quilt.  My husband once, and only once told me that we should buy a new one.  But now even he knows that the coldness of life can only be warmed by a quilt made with love.  Each time I spread it, or wash it I think of my street on Della Lane, and it warms my heart.

Do you have a keepsake that warms your heart–if so share with us? Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. When you warm your heart it shows.


  • Carla Gardner
    February 21, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    I too have a quilt that my grandmother made when l was a little girl, and it is over 50 years old. It stays on my bed year round, no matter what season it may be even though it is for the wintertime. It keeps me warm everyday because l can feel the love of my grandmother’s touch although she has been deceased since 1997. I was the closest to my grandmother than any of her other grandchildren, so there are many things that l personally have and hold close to my heart. I feel very honored because the jewelry that my grandmother and mother both wore for their homegoing services were taken off, and instructed to be given to me before the final closing of their casket. These, along with so many other memories and keepsakes l will always cherish and hold close to my heart.

    • thisisyourbestyear
      February 22, 2019 at 12:10 am

      Carla I know so well how you feel. I am wearing my mom’s mother’s ring now. In my car I have a ribbon that we wore after our pastor died about 10 years ago. These things and others warm my heart. Thanks for sharing.


  • glenda m. thompson
    March 11, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    I have a quilt that my aunt and grandmother did so it must be circa. 1950ish. I’ve needed to get the batting/ quilted portion done so it’s an official quilt. Your blog reminded me that after far too many years, I’m going to get the work they started completed. Everyone needs a quilt story.

    • thisisyourbestyear
      March 11, 2019 at 10:19 pm

      Quilts seem to always bring up memories. Thanks for reading. Maricia

  • The Sage Book
    February 2, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    That is a LOVELY Story….warmed my Heart.


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