Little Green

So happy to report that Django is home.  His surgery went really well yesterday, the vet removed the ball at the top of his femur and assured us the muscles on both sides will strengthen and create a cradle that will do its job. The wonders of modern surgery! If he lies on his good side you wouldn't know there's anything wrong, except of course for the plastic collar! On the other side he's been shaved over his hip and has a 3in scar. The wound on his paw is healing well, but this will take longer and he has to go back to the vets every three days for redressing under sedation.  He's very stoic though and is enjoying sitting in his new dog-sized bed listening to BBC Radio 4. He may end up with a slight limp but he'll be the most knowledgeable kitty in town.

Izzi and Ava were here for a sleepover at the weekend and Izzi made a lovely card for me to take to Django while he was in the cat hospital. So sweet.

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Been working on my new sweater design all day. It's funny but I've got out of the habit of doing sweaters. Recently I've always been asked to create small projects, practically everything under the sun other than a sweater so it's quite an interesting if challenging project.

However, there's so much more involved, especially when you want to add tailoring to a design. This one uses several different stitch patterns so there's some big-time number crunching involved. Add to this six sizes and you can see why my head is spinning and needing to stop by six o'clock. By then even knitting a swatch was beyond me - I was starting to make irritating little mistakes that would never creep in if I was doing it fresh as a daisy in the morning.

I love to play music while I work and always have a song going around in my head. Today the spring green of my yarn set me off with Joni Mitchell's Little Green from her Blue album. Several months ago I watched a documentary about her life and was very sad and moved when I heard that she had to give up her daughter for adoption. I can't imagine what it's like to give a baby away, I can only assume it must be one of the most heartbreaking things that could happen to a woman.


Born with the moon in Cancer
Choose her a name she'll answer too
Call her green and the winters cannot fade her
Call her green for the children who've made her
Little green, be a gypsy dancer

He went to California
Hearing that everything's warmer there
So you write him a letter, say, "her eyes are blue"
He sends you a poem and she's lost to you
Little green, he's a non-comformer

Just a little green
Like the color when the spring is born
There'll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow
Just a little green
Like the nights when the Northern lights perform
There'll be icicles and birthday clothes
And sometimes there'll be sorrow

Child with a child pretending
Weary of lies you're sending home
So you sign all the papers in the family name
You're sad and you're sorry but you're not ashamed
Little green, have a happy ending

Just a little green
Like the color when the spring is born
There'll be crocuses to bring to school tomorrow
Just a little green
Like the night's when the Northern lights perform
There'll be icicles and birthday clothes
And sometimes there'll be sorrow


It's fantastic that Joni's story has a happy ending, as she's now reunited with her daughter, who has a son and daughter of her own. However difficult that might be for them all emotionally, she's now got the chance to build a relationship with the baby she lost, which I'm sure is not the case for many women, some will go through their whole lives wondering what happened to their child.

Listening to Little Green, it occurerd to me how Joni Mitchell never shied away from difficult subjects - I can't think of another song that addresses the agony of adoption, let alone in such a sensitive and expressive way. Am I right in this?

She named her daughter Kelly, which the adoptive parents changed to Kilauren, but it doesn't take a huge leap of the imagination to realise what Little Green is all about. The pain is so raw it sends shivers down my spine and this song which Joni wrote more than forty years ago is just as relevant today as it was when she wrote it.  Here's a clip of a performance not long after, very different from the one that went on the album.


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  1. Oh Jean the first thoughts on my mind this morning was both you and Django. I am so thrilled to hear that all appears to be well. The surgery he had is exactly the same as Chester and yes apart from a slightly sexy walk with the limp he has done very well. Chester was confined completely for about two weeks in a large (dog cage) but once out of there was moving very well.
    The news has cheered my heart this morning love to all from Sally Alan Chester and Lester

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    1. Sally that's SO nice of you - it's good to hear about Chester - I didn't realise it was the same thing he had, but apparently at this age the growing bones are very susceptible to this sort of damage. The vet said in an older cat the injury would have been a dislocated hip. Django would have had to have a cage if we hadn't been able to confine him to one room where Arlo can't get to him. We have allowed Arlo in a couple of times though, under supervision, as he's tremendously upset and has been pining for the past four days. It's funny because this morning he started to play again and I wondered whether he had some sixth sense that Django was coming home. Big hugs to you both and cuddles for the boys.

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  2. One of my favorite albums ever. I would love to see that movie. The song is poignant since my 3 children are adopted. Of course who wouldn't love an album with a song about knitting a sweater!

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  3. Gonna knit you a sweater, write you a love letter, gonna make you feel better, wanna make you feel free.
    Fabulous lyric from All I Want - every song is a gem on Blue. It must be equally difficult being the adoptive parents, many emotional issues whichever way you look at it, but I hope it worked out for you - I'm sure you're a wonderful mum.

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  4. Jean, this blog is on my must-read list. You are a wonderful writer - vivid words and thoughts.

    We had a cat named Mingus who came home once dragging his rear leg leg behind him. He had a dislocated hip. His muscles did just what your vet describes - pulled his leg in and made what is essence was a new joint. He was healthy and active to the end of his days at a ripe old age. Django's paw injury sounds more serious to me, and professional tending of the bandaging sounds very much in order. The get well card from your granddaughter is worthy of becoming a family heirloom.

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    1. Thanks so much, it's great to have some feedback and extra nice when it's positive.

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