“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” ~Alfred Tennyson
There was a point in my young life when I had very few friends. I was eleven then, fat, with huge buck teeth and thick eyeglasses. I was miserable, and not many people knew it. I made one best friend during that time (she is still my best friend today) and a few more over the next three years, but by the end of seventh grade, I could count with one hand the number of friends I had.
Beginning high school, however, I began to be more comfortable in my own skin. I made friends, many of them boys, who also liked the nerdy things I enjoyed as a teenager- Star Wars, Gameboys, and morbid anatomy, to name a few. But even as I made so many good friends that time, I was even lucker to find one real best friend during that time. (Ten years later, I married him.) 🙂
When I got older, my circle began to shrink again as my world revolved solely around the family my husband and I were raising. I lost touch with so many friends as they spread across the globe in the pursuit of careers. The rest disappeared in the haze of our busy lives. Worse, I didn’t have anything in common with many of them anymore.
In the last few years, however, I was surprised to discover new friends where I least expected them. Having gotten used to a life isolated from many because of my son’s disabiliy, finding these really wonderful people from all over the world has brought me so much joy. Who would have thought that a child’s plaything would be the key that opened the door to friendships again? Suddenly, my fingers (and toes) are no longer enough.
I write this as my personal thank you to so many friends here– Joanna, Caryl, Carol, Caren, Cha, Noreen, Isabel, Carol, Skin, Ledz, Meliz – and abroad– Sarah, Karen, Candy, Pornphan, Jonathan, Hayley, Hai Yen, Pei, Hayley, Courtney, Eric– and if I miss any, it’s not because they’re not my friends but because my senior citizen neurons and their synapses are firing up short. I want to say thank you to all of them, because their friendships have opened up my world. God bless your kind hearts, dearest friends.
(In picture, Ms. Bibbit, Panda, Kittymama, Kate Dante, and Rocky)
I purposely left out one name there, and this piece is very apt for her because her name translates to English as “jewel” and “buttercup.” Her name is Boglárka but we call her Bogi for short.
I met Bogi last year in the Sylvanian Families and Calico Critters forum and then in Facebook shortly after. She and I have exchanged thoughts, Sylvanian and otherwise, over in Facebook and I’ve enjoyed her blog, Life in Plumcake, enormously over the past year. Bogi is one of the nicest people I’ve met in the Sylvanian forum, and were we even remotely near each other, she would be exactly the kind of person you’d want to have for a close neighbor. Yes, she is sweet! ♥✿◕‿◕✿♥
Bogi and I did a trade recently, and it was with utmost excitement that I started on my package for her and awaited hers for me. When you have to surprise someone you like, just getting the gift parcel together is an adventure in itself. And what can I say about when her gift comes? It feels like Christmas has come too early!
This was the package I sent to Bogi. 🙂
And this was the one I received- wheeee!
Alphonse was eager to open it, mistakenly thinking it was his, heehee. As he opened the package, he handed the contents to me one by one. The first things we both saw were these wonderful dresses crocheted (with love♥) by Bogi’s mom. Just beautiful! Köszönöm szépen!
I was able to get a few critters to model them for me (I had sent the critters packing just the day before that, to move to a new location in the house)
but this is how they look, as modeled by Bogi’s little critters. Aren’t they sights for sore eyes!
These handcrafted pillows, bag, and small rug would make Kitty’s room in Sylvania easily the most coveted! Even the design is hand drawn- WOW! 🙂
I knew they were coming- Bogi told me beforehand- but seeing them in person brought me real joy! I have been wanting these for a long time now so these are real treats! 🙂
Now, this turned out to be Alphonse’s favorite in the package; this miniature owl that is so tiny it is only a little bigger than the tip of my pointer finger! I held it out to him to kiss it but the sly one wanted to run away with it, heehee. When I took it away, he looked crestfallen and just as suddenly walked away, leaving me on my own.
I loved everything! Thank you, Bogi! I am not likely to forget this wonderful experience. Two people, separated by thousands of miles (more than 6000, I believe) between them, but united in friendship and a common passion- this is truly heartwarming.
It may be a month early for Thanksgiving but let not this day pass without celebrate all the wonderful people who have opened their world to me. Thank you for being my friends. 🙂
(Picture drawn by Bogi and colored by me)