The tiny Hospice House kitchen was a hop away from the dining room table that
I sat at to make my shell butterflies for the phone magnets. I’d usually greet a
visitor after they poured themselves a cup of coffee or grabbed a cookie from the

I’d explain, “I make these butterflies from sea shells,” and they’d join me
at the table out of curiosity. During the explanation, I’d include that the butterfly
was the symbol of Hope Hospice, signifying the freedom to enter a new life.

One day a tall young man filled his cup with coffee and asked what I was doing.
I showed him the card and explained the attached shell butterfly.

“You collect
all the shells? Or do you buy them?” he asked. I responded that I had collected
shells on Sanibel beach. After I’d accumulated a few cardboard boxes full, my
husband said, “You better start doing something with these or I’ll be tossing
them in the garbage.”

The young man nodded and said, “Well, you’re going to
need a lot more of these. I’m here from Pittsburg visiting
with my mother – and there are nine ladies in there who
will really want these too.”

“NINE ladies?” I asked. “Yup, my sisters. They are from all over the country.”

I thought I’d better get cracking if I needed nine more of these. I had to slow
myself down because I felt I was getting sloppy, and I didn’t want that to be
Hope Hospice’s image.

It seemed as soon as I had one made, someone appeared at the table to talk and
to receive the newly completed “fly” – I didn’t feel I could ignore anyone, so I
continued to hand out the “flies.” It took about an hour and a half to complete all

It’s funny, I’m used to working alone in a silent room – never even putting
on the radio. I find that disturbs my work. But at Hope Hospice, I enjoy the
conversing as much as the crafting. A lot of it is really listening and inserting an
appropriate comment or question on my part.

In Memorium: Sherry Myatt (pictured here with her husband
Jack) created these beautiful business card size magnets
at Hope Hospice House HealthPark for many years. She
volunteered at the Ding Darling preserve and the Chamber of
Commerce as well as Hope Hospice. We are grateful to her for
sharing her many talents, and she will truly be missed.