Surprises,kindness and generosity.
Firstly a really huge welcome to my new followers. It is lovely to see you here at Chalky's. I am looking forward to 200 notches on the old Crochet hook because that must surely signal the time for a Giveaway! I think so.
I have often talked here of the many kindnesses I have been shown since I started my life at Chalky's and on Facebook and this week has made me realise just how kind and generous people can be.
In Spain I met a lovely Japanese lady called Tomoko. She lives there for part of the year,In the UK for part of the year but also spends a couple of months each year visiting her family in Japan.After being at a Yoga lunch with her I had a request on Facebook from Tomoko to be my friend. I was delighted to accept.
After a while I saw beautiful pictures of her family and two boys and I thought maybe her children lived with their Grandparents and that was why she went home. Then I saw her visiting temples and wonderful parks and yet I thought she was at that time in Spain. I was a bit puzzled but really felt I did not know her well enough to ask any questions. She often " liked " my Craft photos and left very encouraging comments about our travels.
Of course the obvious happened I was in Spain one day and had met Tomoko and that same evening Tomoko had also posted pictures of her and her children having a party in Japan. I wrote to her in Japan and explained the puzzle of Tomoko. Tomoko immediately answered and explained that she was indeed in Japan and had never been to Spain or indeed Europe! She was actually a friend of the guide we had been fortunate enough to have had when we visited Tokyo and had found me through him. She loves crochet and had seen my pictures. We laughed at the situation and a real " friendship" has developed between us.
I have seen some lovely Pinterest pictures using Washi paper. I asked Tomoko about it and today this wonderful parcel arrived from Tomoko in Japan. I was so excited to open it and it just got better and better. Such kindness,such thoughtfulness,such generosity. I really feel quite humbled that someone whom I have never met could send such a parcel.
First to tumble out was some beautiful Mulberry Paper.
Next six packets of Japanes papers. I love these so much and use them for my card making .
Some lovely phone charms.
Stickers for cards and labels.
Then really sweet things started . Items which were made with much love and kindness.
A Samurai Warriors helmet made for William.
I had "spoken"to Tomoko about origami and she had remembered all about it and sent not only cranes, little sweet boxes, Samuri helmets but also pretty Iris. How fitting as we have so recently lost our dear Iris.Now that would have been amazing enough but she also sent an envelope with clear instructions for me to make cranes myself. What lovely thoughts all linked together. Some of those pretty papers will be used to make a little family of cranes. I bet mine do not look as good though!
I read the lovely card that Tomoko had written to me and really feel that I will never be able to thank her enough for such an act of kindness.
But when we were in Japan I soon learnt the word for Thank You as we were treated with such kindness. So, Arigatiu gozimasu to Tomoko, Kodai and Keita
But, you can imagine what I am going to do. Make up a parcel for Tomoko and her lovely boys and send it off with lots of love to Japan. Also when I get back to Spain I shall be telling my other Tomoko all about her namesake.
But, when I asked her if I could send a parcel to her and her boys aged 4 and 10 which would give her a little insight into our life here in the UK. Tomoko answered that as she had never been to the UK or Europe she would not know what to ask for. So I am thinking really hard. I so want to make a parcel for her as special as the one she so kindle sent me. I know that I will not be opening or using any of the little gifts yet. There is something so special about just re-opening a parcel and just enjoying such wonderful things.
My hook is smoking! My brain is ticking. Perhaps,if you are kind enough to leave a comment you could make a suggestion of something I could add to the parcel.