Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Treasures in the Mail
When I was a child I had a treasure box given to me by my great aunt Della. In it I kept gumball machine charms as well as select Mardi Gras throws and a few choice pieces of broken jewelry that I had found. I also had two tiny baby lipsticks, Avon samples given to me in secret by my fun grandma, who was an Avon lady.
Last week Nate, age 4 3/4, sent me a painting that he did using the fingertip brushes that I sent him from Barcelona. In return I'm sending him some treasures for his already extensive collection: a Genuine starfish (dried) from A.C.Moore, the tag of which assured me that "This is not a toy. Not for children under 7. May contain sharp pieces that could be ingested." I'm also sending him a package of 10mm Adhesive Rhinestone Alphabet Letters, blood red and very sparkly. And the greatest treasure, a string of Byzantine-looking jewels that are wonderful to hold and feel and peer into the depths of.
His little sister Abby, at 15 months, doesn't send letters or paintings, but she's having a rough time what with teething and learning how to walk and starting to talk, and just general getting-to-be-close-to-two-years-old malaise. So I'm sending her a soft plush life-size robin and a little knitted finger puppet penguin and baby penguin-- good things to chew on I think, especially the bird with its flat velvety tail and cone-shaped plush beak and flappy velvet wings.