“It’s Nan”


Smiling, Knitting and Singing



If you’ve read our blog at all over the last 5 years, you’ll know about our beloved Nanny Jean.  She is Carly and my grandmother. We called her Nanny or Nan.  There are plenty of blog posts about our Nan.  This is a great one..and this…heck, just search Nanny on our blog:)

Anyway…we are always paying attention for little signs from our Nan.  We are open to that kind of stuff.  Friday was a big one!

Here is how it went down.

I got a call early last week from a sweet older woman looking for help on a prayer shawl.  I told her I’d be happy to help if she came in.  Then she said it was crochet.  Now, I can crochet and if necessary I could probably have limped my way through helping her, but really Carly was the person for this task. Carly is my cousin.  Our Nan taught us both to knit.  You can read a bit more about Carly here.

Carly isn’t the worlds most proficient crocheter either, but she’s better than me.  So, I told the lovely customer when Carly would be in and told her maybe it was best she come in when Carly was working.

A little preface here…
Our Nan loved coins. She got in some trouble once buying too many coins:) She used to collect coins for Carly’s kids. Hogan got quarters, Lily got dimes and Henry got nickels or something like that.  Anyway, coins and Carly and Nan are connected.  A few years ago Carly was moving to a new house and starting a new phase of her life. When she was all done cleaning out a storage locker, she was sweeping it out and found a threepence.

carly threepence

Have I mentioned our Nan was from England?  We just knew then that Nan was watching out for Carly.  Since Nan passed, Carly has been finding dimes in random spots.  It’s just a weird little thing.  So, whenever Carly finds the dimes, she takes a sec and thinks of our Nan.

Cut to Friday.

The crochet customer came in Friday for help with her project. Carly got her back on track (of course she did) and the customer was ready to leave.  She got her cane and started walking out of the classroom. Carly could sense she needed some assistance so she took her elbow and started to help her.  All of a sudden the customer bent down and picked something up and handed it to Carly.


It was a dime. The customer said “I think this is for you”.  This person, who was having trouble even walking, bent all the way down like it was easy as pie and picked up the dime. Carly asked her for her name and it was Fran.  Carly thought, of course it is.  It rhymes with Nan.  She smiled.

There were a few people in the shop at the time and Carly told them to hold down the fort.  She was going to walk Fran to her car.  So she took her hand and made sure she made it safely into her car.

When she got back in and back to the counter she said to the next customer, who had been patiently waiting, “Remind me of your name”.  The customer said “It’s Nan”.

Carly said “Excuse me?  What?”

The woman said “It’s Nan.  That’s my name”.

Carly thought, of course it is.  It’s Nan!  She smiled.

We hear you Nan! We love and miss you!

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18 Responses to ““It’s Nan””

  1. Carla says:

    That is awesome!

  2. Bruce says:

    Very cool!

  3. Emily says:

    Love this! Thank you for being a fabulous business person with a huge heart. Nan taught you well! You and Carly are both wonderful legacies to her!

  4. Deb says:

    So uplifting! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Mike says:

    Those little signs are all around us. It’s nice when we have time to notice them.

  6. Kris says:

    Love this post! My parents say “hello” to me with music – Clair de Lune and Shenandoah. I am a big believer!

  7. Mary Pierson says:

    I’m happy you can see those things happening in your life’s. When a person dies it is not the end of your relationship, your relationship simply changes. We miss the physical, but in ways it is a much deeper relationship. Thank you for sharing this story, I’m happy for you girls. Keep looking for the signs. Blessings to you both.

  8. Mary says:

    Brought little tears to my eyes! Your Nan would/is so proud of you both!
    Loving Kindness for all those who enter your shop. Even those that can’t be seen!!

  9. Jackie says:

    Oh my gosh, you made me cry. What a wonderful story!

  10. Sandy B says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Nan says:

    I think I’m the Nan that was in the store last Fri. I remember the older woman being helped out to the car and thinking how very thoughtful that was. What a fun surprise to find myself included in the story about your beloved “Nan.”

  12. admin says:

    Yes Nan! It was you! Carly called me right away to tell me about it. Thanks!

  13. Carrie says:

    Heartwarming, thanks for sharing!

  14. Cheri B says:

    Very sweet story. Thanks for sharing. Your Nanny is smiling down on you two women and she’s proud as punch.

  15. Heidi K says:

    Tears~ very sweet!

  16. Judy J says:

    I love those stories. Thanks for sharing.
    By the way, I have a sister, Nan.

  17. Ann Scott says:

    What an amazing gift from your Nan … I’ve had those experiences in my life and am always in awe of the thin air place between here and there.

  18. Chris says:

    What a wonderful story! I’ve had some similar experiences where I just know I’m getting signs from my dad who passed last year. Thank you so much for sharing!

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