A True Little Story

I just want to share a little true story today. It is NOT a shameless plug for my Etsy shop, but a heartwarming note about love.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, here in the United States. That means that kids and families will be celebrating the love of moms. Well, this week, too late to ship at a reasonable rate to New York from Oregon, there was an order for a “just a thought” pillow placed in my shop….

mom love This is it…a tiny little love note, if you will.

The man who ordered it had requested delivery in time for Mother’s Day, but it was going to cost $18 to ship it. The pillow sells for $8.

I began a “convo” with the man about the cost to ship vs. the value of the pillow. I am copying his reply below…

“Yes the shipping does seem very silly. $18 shipping for an eight dollar item.  But this is the gift my daughter wants to give my wife for Mother’s Day so it is what it is. Thank you.”

I was touched by several things here. One, the time it took this daughter to search the millions of listings on Etsy to find this one little $8 item that she wanted for her mother. Two, the patience the father exhibited to place the order and communicate with me several times, when he could have taken the girl to a neighborhood store so easily. Three, the willingness to pay this “very silly” price to make his daughter and his wife happy. My reply to him when I posted the bill for the freight difference…

“Happy Mother’s Day to one loved mom!”

It really isn’t about the gift or the cost…it is all about the love!

Thinking of Mom…again

This is a repost from the old not-so-user-friendly BlogSpot blog. It still applies, so I want to have it recorded here:

Today I am thinking of my mother. Actually, there are lots of reasons and I hate to say, it isn’t frequent, but today she is on my mind and I realized I have been channeling her!

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Mom, through the years (and one with tiny me)

Baseball was one of her enjoyments…The KC Royals are playing in the World Series right now and she would be routing them on…as I am! GO ROYALS!!! I was asking her to whisper in their ears last night, but I guess they could not hear her!

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Win this one…for mom! (Added today – Just one more needed to take it all!)

My mom, Alice, really loved to do needlework. As long as I can remember she made pillow cases, tea towels and later quilt tops. She did all of them… embroidery, crewel, cross stitch. I can’t say I love to do those things, but I did inherit her bent for making things. She asked me at about age 12 to make a formal for her, create a menu and cook dinner for a party she was planning for eight guests! I remember wondering why she didn’t want to do these things, but I was excited and did it. Her passion was the handwork, not the cooking, etc. (As a side note, she loved Christmas decorating, but that might be a post for another day.)

Some pictures of her handiwork:

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At any rate, as I opened my Etsy shop yesterday…


…it occurs to me that she did this too, in her own way. She entered and sold her needlework in bazaars and fairs. She is not my muse…that would also be a subject for another day… but I am happy to realize that she is looking down and thinking that we are similar in these things and that makes me smile. I think it makes her smile too!

Alice was a stroke victim and spent the last 10 years of her life unable to create the things she enjoyed so much. My dad took care of her for those 10 years and tried to make her life as good as possible.

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                                                                                          Just had to put daddy in here too!

Rest in peace, mom, enjoy the baseball games and send some folks to my shop! Love you!