Some days, when I come home and check the mail box, I'm lucky to find a flier for a local pizza delivery service or a postcard telling me of the weekly specials at a particular shop...or woohoo!!...my credit card bill. Every other week or so, I get a packet from my mom filled with newspapers, clippings, maybe some smooshed chocolate, and sometimes even cosmetic samples....which I appreciate oh so very much, but still....like the credit card bills and fliers, I know that it will be there.
So, last week, when I came home to find a box....a pretty good sized box (which, I have to admit, has already been re-used and is on its way BACK to the States to someone else!) sitting on the kitchen table (it wouldn't fit in the mailbox!!)....I was verily excited!!
A few months ago, one of my very good blogging friends--who I've never actually met, by the way--and who used to live in Japan--mentioned that there were some things that she really missed from this place I call 'home' and being the nice person I am (uh-huh...I am so), I put together a care package for her (and her dog) and sent it on its way.
And now....Janet returned the niceness and sent some "stuff from home" that she thought I would like. It was almost like Christmas.....lots of tissue paper hiding some incredibly wonderful things. The excitement was almost overwhelming!!!
She had included some things that I had mentioned I liked (granola bars..which have been rationed like you wouldn't believe!!)....some wicked smelling scents from a place I plan on ordering from soon (seriously...wicked...one of my students said I smelled "mysterious"!!), there were some magnets from the East Coast--one with beach sandals....but....there was one thing that really, brought tears to my eyes.
I'm almost afraid to wear it. The very idea that she would send me this means the world to me. Even Issei, when he saw it, said, "Mom!! Do you know what that is?!?!"
Once again, I've been touched by the kindness of those I have "met" through this blogging experience....I have some incredible friends.
Now...Janet...while being very kind and giving...also has a bit of a mean streak in her.
Oh yes, she does. I'm a big (HUGE) fan of Jimmy Buffett. So...my dear friend, Janet...passed on some things......
Janet is an avid collector of poppets. What is a poppet, you ask? Well...poppet is the old spelling of "puppet" and from Middle English popet, meaning small child or doll. (The pirates in Pirates of the Caribbean used it a couple of times.)
I've named her Dulcie J.....
her name means "sweet". I think it's the perfect name for her.
Dulcie J being introduced to some of the 'mingos in the menagerie that is Debbie's desk.......
.......and watching over me, from her place above my keyboard....keeping an eye on things. When I see her, she makes me smile.
for brightening my day....
Thank you, oh so very much!!
Janet is having some pretty intense surgery right now (probably even as I type), so send some prayers, good thoughts and quick recovery karma her way, would you? thanks.
And to the rest of you....**mwah** to you too!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!!