when what to my wondering eyes should appear

You have all been very gracious in allowing us time to withstand what has befallen us of late. You've been patient while I am vague - and though I plan on continuing with the vagueness (sorry, privacy issues) I will say that things are improving but we are not out of the woods yet - and I've thanked each and every one of you as best as I can.

We continue to put one foot in front of the other each day and we are doing okay. Our families and friends have given us space and time and our neighbors have been comforting...and, on Saturday, the internet sent us more love.

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A box from Paris...

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A parcel from Australia!

In a matter of seconds my emotions went from anticipation to joy to warmth.

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From France: K's favorite saucisson, the boys favorite candy, MY favorite gum, and one of Irene's gorgeous photo cards.

Irene card

(Indeed, I AM in good company.)


From Australia...


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a treasure trove of goodness that caused Youngest to utter his first HOLY SHIT.
With a note from Kim that melted my heart, without making me weepy - the writing of which is AN ART.

I was going to comment on the "kindness of strangers" but these women are not strangers. They are my sisters.

My boys are downstairs playing (guitar and drums) right now. They are playing my favorite song - one that Oldest composed. And though it is slow and sad, though I could wax on about the kindnesses of my internet friends and be maudlin, I will sign off by saying that I am encouraged and brave every day.
And for that, I thank you.

Comments

eurolush said…
Eating candy always makes everything better.



Psst...that Haribo is GERMAN.
smiley smiley smiley
Irene said…
so glad the saucisson made it this time too... always a bit nervous about that :)

HUGS and KISSES to you and your boys my lovely sister.
Sister-Friends are the best. Aren't we blessed to have them in our lives?
RW said…
Those are SOME packages as Wilbur would say. What is that Cherry Ripe thing?

You are loved.
jenontheedge said…
While the contents of such packages are always wonderful, it's the love and friendship behind them that always warms my heart.
Stephanie said…
I'm feeling dumb. I didn't even pick up on your vague-ness. xoxox to you all.
Anonymous said…
Darn. How does Irene simply MAIL saucisson! It will forever amaze me.
Those are two very pretty boxes, my dear. That shot is particularly nice.
Paola
barbra said…
Awwww - Youngest's first HOLY SHIT. A scrapbook moment! :-) (That's not sarcastic)

Love to you.
Liz said…
I am jealous, you have Tim Tams...
I love surprises that come in the mail! What a treat for you.
Anonymous said…
I am going to imagine the worst, since the vagueness factor allows me to do so. Therefore your ability to "keep calm and carry on" is all the more brave and inspiring.

Aussie treats are the num-nummiest. And I used to work at Koala Blue where we indulged in them all. the. time.

jbhat
Tina said…
Oh, sweetie, I'm so sorry to hear you're going through a rough time. I'm sending all kids of good wishes and warm, cuddly hugs and high hopes that things smooth out for you very soon.
You KNOW I am thinking of you.

And so glad that Irene and Kim's care parcels arrived.

Cherry Ripes - the yumminess!
Carol said…
Hope you have a peaceful week.
tut-tut said…
Good luck to you; we're redefining our roles over here. It is a difficult time for many. You are not alone . . .
alice c said…
I had never thought of chocolate as Holy Shit before.
OH - and I want to know which bar(s) were the most favoured by the family!
laura said…
sending you love and good thoughts and wrapping you in blankets of hope.

We all all here for you

xxx
Eleanor said…
Sisters indeed. Superb!
Laura Jane said…
Enjoy those Cherry Ripes - all that cherry, coconut and dark chocolate goodness...drool.

Sometimes a Cherry ripe and a Tim Tam or two will help sustain ANY period of crisis and anxiety.

Thinking of you, hope things settle down.
Duyvken said…
Yum! Isn't Kim a darling? Enjoy those tim tams. I think the bounty and the violet crumble will be the most popular.. they're what I'd be heading for first. My dad could have picked the pollywaffle, G would go for the boost, J would be all over the cherry ripe, C would grab a tim tam for each hand and then carry them around until they were melted and messy but not actually eaten and Greg wouuld silently work his way through those double dip tim tams until they were all gone and then complain that he'd eaten too much. Enjoy!
Geggie said…
I love Hollywood gum, but I'm not familiar with that "style" type. It's good, no?
islaygirl said…
i am continuing to think of you and send staunch, supportive thoughts daily. with perhaps a nice high church episcopalian prayer thrown in, if that's ok.

x

islay
Ree said…
It's an amazingly small and warm world when you think about it, isn't it?
Amy A. said…
Wow. That is so special.
Poppy Buxom said…
bird, you just seem to attract wonderful woman friends. Because you are teh awesome.

So what am *I* doing hanging around in this crowd???

Figuring out the secrets of your awesomeness, of course.

Because I want Violet Crumbles and French gum, too.

xxxxx
Neil said…
So nice of everyone. I hope things get less rough soon, whatever it is.
Anonymous said…
That youngest cracks me up. I'll never forget the first time my youngest muttered "what bullshit!" under his breath as he stomped down the hall. I smirked instead of reprimanded, because, well, it was a very fitting summation.

Love in the mail is awesome. Brave is, too.

ErinH
margalit said…
Holy shit, i see TIM TAMS in that Australian box. And I know where they came from. That Eleanor, she is a GODDESS. Tim Tams.... there is nothing better. I hope you know how to use them as straws for your coffee.
Dani said…
The boxes made me all tingly. If the postman only knew what happiness he was delivering. :)

PS - That was the first time Youngest uttered his first "holy shit" IN FRONT OF YOU. I'm just sayin'. ;)
Miz S said…
All my love. As always.