Our exchange was supposed to be written about on October 30th. I was going to be in Florida, so Sherry waited to send my box until I got home. It arrived Friday and I can't begin to tell you what a thoughtful and wonderful gift she sent me. I opened the mailing box to find a few wonderful treasures before I even got to my actual swap gift. Then, I saw the box. I was in awe of the gorgeous sparkly top. The shell and mermaid, so perfect for my love of the sea..."I Need Mom" in letters on the top, such a great idea. The vintage key looked perfect in the corner. The detail was wonderful and I really wanted to call Sherry and tell her to send back what I made and I would start over!
Then I opened the box...and the tears began.
At first I couldn't even process how she did it. How could she have these pictures of my parents? Then I remembered that I posted my parent's wedding pictures while going through my mother's things this summer. As most of you know, this year has been all about my parents for me. I have been on a 6 month roller coaster and to think that Sherry would even think to make me something that is a tribute to the love my parents shared leaves me speechless.
I don't want to ignore all of the fun things inside the box. A darling necklace with my initial made from a domino. How do people make such cute things? Do you see the sweet little angel on the chain?
Wonderful homemade soap, wax melts that smell like wedding cake (to go with my parent's wedding picture), a wonderful witch tassel for my almost Halloween birthday, a cute PEZ pumpkin, cookie cutter, cupcake ornament and kleenix...don't you just love it? Each and every item a treasure.
I really don't have the words to express how touched I am that someone I've never met put so much thought into each detail and made something so perfect for me. She told me that the key on the top was to hold the secrets that I shared with my mom and that the box could hold treasures from my parents. I think the real treasure is Sherry. Thank you Sherry for sending me such a wonderful gift. I will treasure it, and you, always.