Hats for Refugees: Friday Fictioneers

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photo ©  Bjorn Rudberg

She fell asleep watching television, reading, even at the computer. She fell asleep anywhere but in her bed.

“There’s something wrong with me. I can’t stay awake.”

“No there isn’t. You’re ninety Mum. Old people sleep a lot. Even I nod off watching telly.”

“Why don’t you knit for refugees? I can give you some wool. Scarves? Hats?” Beryl suggested in the communal dining room when Mum again complained of her narcolepsy.

She started knitting while she read and watched TV.  The pile of hats grew, eventually occluding the sun. “I don’t know how to get them to the refugees.”

Thank you to Rochelle for hosting Friday Fictioneers and Björn Rudberg for supplying the photo prompt.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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40 Responses to Hats for Refugees: Friday Fictioneers

  1. bbryanthomas says:

    I’ll bet she’ll live well beyond 100

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  2. I do remember my wife’s grandmother used to knit baby clothes for the red cross… I think she can be helped to get them there.

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  3. James says:

    I imagine someone would be willing to help out.

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  4. Dear Irene,

    Perhaps Mum’s narcolepsy had more to with boredom. I would think someone can help her distribute the hats. Nicely done.



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  5. Iain Kelly says:

    Such a nice thing to do, everyone benefits – if someone can just send them on!

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  6. Charli Mills says:

    One problem leads to another but I suspect a good outcome!

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  7. I am now visualizing a town overrun with woolen hats, oozing out of every pour 🙂

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  8. Sandra says:

    I’m sure there’ll be someone around to help distribute such lovingly prepared items.

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  9. Moon says:

    Beautiful story. I hope she finds someone to distribute the hats to the intended recipients.

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  10. Okay – why didn’t her daughter research refugee charities? Giving her the wool was only the start.

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  11. Dale says:

    Anyone who takes the time to create such loving gifts will be helped to deliver them! Lovely.

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  12. Elderly people want to feel useful, to be needed. Mom has a new reason to live and I suspect she’ll next figure out how to get her hats to refugees all over the world. You’ve told a wonderful story with an important lesson, Irene.

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  13. granonine says:

    Love this old lady who is willing to give. She just needs someone to help her find her market 🙂

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  14. Jelli says:


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  15. She’s halfway to doing her good deed! Nice one.

    Click to read my FriFic!

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  16. I’m in a stitch-n-bitch group. These lovely ladies knit baby blankets for children with deployed parents, hats for chemotherapy patients …. and I so admire them because knitting is beyond my talents. Wonderful story.

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  17. That was such a sweet, lovely story! Thank you.

    I’m going to resume writing stories with FF in the New Year.
    Happy Christmas!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  18. Touching story. Lucky refugees!

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