Here is something you didn’t know about the Patchsmith – I have a hero for a son. Yes, I know, all mothers say such things but I truly do. You see my son is in the Armed Forces and has spent many years, at home and abroad, in war and in peace, in the bomb disposal unit – so you see it is true – I do have a hero for a son.Whilst he is on duty I don’t listen to the news or the radio – I don’t want to hear about a soldier, sailor or pilot killed somewhere far from home because it makes my heart lurch. Instead I focus on my everyday life and remember how lucky I am to have the freedom and lifestyle I have because of heroes across the world and across the generations.
So on Remembrance Day at 11.00 a.m. I will stop what I am doing and observe a minute’s silence and quietly give thanks for all the sons and husbands, wives and mothers, grandfathers and fathers that have risked their lives so that I can have the life I have today.
In Britain we have a Poppy Appeal – it commemorates all those who have been killed or injured in the line of duty. How do we do this? We buy a paper poppy from the soldier at the supermarket or the sailor outside the Post Office. This year, and every year hereafter, the Patchsmith will support the Poppy Appeal through her Flower Patch Mug Rug. Using this pattern I have created a poppy version which I will keep specifically for my morning tea on Remembrance Sunday. And for every Flower Patch pattern sold throughout the month of November I will make a donation to the Poppy Appeal to support all our heroes wherever they may be.