Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Package



Go Confidently In The Direction Of Your Dreams...



By far, the very best thing about blogging is meeting kindred spirits...
...lovely people from all over the world who share your passions, your visions, your way of looking at things and the world we live in.

The really special thing about meeting people this way is that it is an opportunity to get to know individuals who normally would not cross your path...perhaps because of an age difference or for socio economic reasons or simply geographic factors.



In any case, I became friends with Ange of Signed by Ange...when she found my blog and commented... asking about the poem "My Symphony" which is on my sidebar. She was asking permission to use part of it as she is an artist and a calligrapher. Of course, the poem does not belong to me...it was written by William Henry Channing...
...but I was appreciative of her asking and of leaving a kind comment.



Over the course of the last year Ange and I have had many conversations that have revealed the incredible depth of her spirit, her compassion, her unfailing optimistic outlook, a brilliant wit and a fearless determination to make a difference in this world.



Sometime in May, Ange wrote to say that she had been browsing through the French brocante and saw something that made her think of me...
She said she was going to work on it and then she would send it to me.



First of all...
Can you imagine what this feels like?
That this special girl...all the way over in the south of France was poking about a flea market and thought of little old me?
She wanted to send me something simply because she felt that she had been supported by my words and she appreciated our friendship...



Well, her package arrived and was filled with bits of French papers,
her own calligraphy and painting...a darling little pottery shoe...
...a sweet heart



Words of encouragement and prayers for my Mom and my family...



...and this...



An old architectural piece...a wonderful wooden shield...
which she painted in shades she knew I would love...
Blue is a favorite we share.

I don't know what the letters originally stood for but to me the L.A
will always represent a special friendship between Laura and Ange.

If you are already a friend of Ange or are familiar with her beautiful artwork and calligraphy you will know what I am talking about.
If not, I encourage you to visit her website here...
and her blog here...

Ange is a woman of conviction and action.
I would keep my eye on her...
...she is about to make her mark on this world...
...and a beautiful mark it will be...

Thank you Ange!
:)

28 comments:

Amy Kinser said...

So sweet and so wonderful when you make new friends. Kindred spirits, it sounds like.

The French Bear said...

How enchanting!!! She sounds like a good soul, like you.....
Just love the little gifts of words, and the rest of the package too!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

sweetpea said...

Laura, what a beautiful story and I love the heart and the shield.

Hugs,

Shelley

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Laura, This is such a wonderful post. How sweet of Ange to think of you and send this special gift. You are right in saying the best part of blogging is meeting kindred spirits!
Hugs, Sherry

Anji Johnston said...

What a very touching and heart felt post Laura. Call this a coincidence but how strange it was that Ange had asked you if she could use your poem (in your sidebar) in her art work and I had suggested that you write a poem in calligraphy around you 'found' mirror frame. I think some things are just meant to be.
Have a beautiful Sunday! Anji

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Laura. I know it made your heart soar to know that you had made such an impression on someone else life. I love blogland! Just because of sweet people like you and Ange. And your tale of friendship will lead me to Ange, and so forth and so on. Thanks for sharing your joy and friendship with us.

Have a blessed Sunday. Hugs...Tracy :)

fairmaiden said...

This is the treasure found in blogging, isn't it? I have met Ange and she is a beautiful soul. It does not suprise me that she would give you such a personal gift. A true artist...one whom brings beauty to the world.

joanne said...

Oh the gift of blogging is a treasure all of it's own. Very pretty and thoughtful of sweet Ange. Thanks for sharing her with all of us..;p

Ange said...

Laura, so touched that I'm lost for words - for once :-)

You will indeed be inspiring my calligraphy for a long time.

MUch love, and strength

Ange

peet said...

What a nice story about blog friends ..
its so special .

I found it special too! There are so many nice people around the ( blog ) world .just like you Laura !! Your always sweet and nice comments ...
thanks .
Now i`m gonna take a look at Ange her blog .
have a nice day !!
Peet X

KarenSue said...

Wow! I think you have said so much about the world of blogging. What a beautiful post and it says so much about the person you are.
Enjoyed this very much.
KarenSue

It's me said...

What a nice story Laura....your both are special..........happy sunday.....love.........Ria........

Irene b said...

I'm so honoured about your message! Thank you!
and what a nice story!
Many kisses from tuscany!
Irene

Diane said...

Lauren...I know....so far away, yet because of this crazy world of technology, you've met a kindred spirit. Perhaps this ever-growing-smaller world of ours will someday be a much better place because we can now make connections like this with others of like minds.
This was a sweet, lovely meeting for you - a chance in millions.
Blessings,
Diane

cheryl kuhn said...

Wow, how wonderful that you two have made such a strong connection. I am sure you will treasure all the things she sent and her friendship for many years. You are both lucky to have become a part of each other's lives!

Boston Bee said...

How sweet;) Blogging is the best; sharing the love of art, nature, and frugality, and decor all with very kind people. You received a beautiful gift! ;)bb

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

I so agree with your comments about kinship and blogging.
Such a lovely and sweet gift from afar...she knows what makes you heart beat a little faster.

koralee said...

Oh what a special friend..and such a gift from the heart. You are so blessed...but she is blessed to have you as well. Oh how I so love this wonderful world of Blogland..makes my heart sing.
xoxoxo Have a great new week with all your treasures. xo

Obee Designs said...

Hi Laura,
Thanks for coming by to my blog and visiting me! I have been loving your blog since the beginning of my blogging days and have always admired you! I hope I said that without sounding stalker-ish haha :) No really I just enjoy your style and the way you photograph and post. You have a real gift and talent. I agree with you that the whole blogging thing allows you to meet so many wonderful people you would not have had the opportunity to meet for so many different reasons. It is really a gift when develop a special friendship like you have isn't it? I, myself have had that same opportunity with several women with amazing blogs. It makes the whole journey and process well worth it!
Thanks for coming over and saying hi, it really meant a lot to me!
See you again sometime soon.
Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!
XoXo
Gail

Katsui Jewelry said...

Laura,

I agree with you totally. There is something so special about the blog world. I love your words and pictures, telling us so artfully about a very special person and a very special friendship.

My family (Jud and daughter, Kat) understand about the specialness of my blogging friendships. My seven close women friends (the Committee of Mothers who all live in my neighborhood) do not understand at all and consider it a little "dangerous."

I became very ill about twelve years ago (three pulmonary emboli) and ended up with a generalized pain disorder. I have a lot of time that I am confined to bed or home, though less than it used to be. The second year of my illness, my husband gave me a laptop. I met a lot of people but had a special friend, KarenAnne, who lived in England. She was bright, witty and shared a love of the same books, poems and music. I just adored her and the friendship was very real, with a few spats here and there, but mostly the beauty of shared lives. She was also sick. She had a kidney transplant and was dying from the side effects of the transplant medication. She lived for five years and as she was dying, her husband kept in touch with me through email. After she died, I got a package of things she had left for me. I treasure those things always.

I kept all of her email sand planned (as we had planned) to write a book of our friendship. One day, my computer crashed and all the emails were gone and could not be retrieved. I finally just looked upon it as a message from the universe...there was to be no book.
The gift was the time we had.

So...forgive me for babbling on. These friendships are very real and very important to me. They remind me of penpals from days gone by. I have met approximately twenty of the people I know from the internet and, to the person, they are just who they are on the internet. This is a real world!

So hugs to you, sweet person, and thank you for your lovely blog,
Suz

Rosemary said...

Things like this are so amazing!!
Rosemary

Rustique Gal said...

Laura, how sweet the friendship you have with Ange! What a treasure. And reading the above comments, especially from SUZ-how important these friendships become to us. I'm so glad I found the blogging world and have met some wonderful people! Thanks for the lovely reminder!
Sherry

La Petite Gallery said...

It is wonderful to share all these teriffic
finds and talent with friends and make new friends too. Love the sailors knots on packages.

yvonne

Andy's Attic said...

Ange sounds so lovely...I checked her blog and it is delightful. You know how I feel about blogging friendship. It has become such a special part of my life and I know it is to you as well. It is a true kindered spirit you have found in her.
Annette

Rummet för välbefinnande said...

Ohhhh, this story really touched my heart...
And I agree with you. Since I entered this magic world called Blogglandia I have met so many beautiful souls and kind people. Sometimes it´s like the warmth and the kindness radiates out from the words that are written. I must say that it surprised me at first. But I have already met some of my best friends this way.
Well, now I´m going to visit your friends blog and read more....
Take care, and I will send some love and light to your mother again.
Mia

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

Connections like this are really what makes blogging so special.
Happy Sunday Laura!
xxx

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Hi!
I agree blogging brings so many unexpected friends! I wish I had more time to devote! Ange's gift to you is just so special....maryanne xo ( I do so love your picture of the AP on the front of my blog... it continues to amaze..Thanks.)Maryanne xo

mimi charmante said...

isn't she absolutely magical? I am so thankful to call her one of my very dearest friends - she is indeed everything you said, and more.
great post!
xx