Hey, remember how I signed up for that swap a long time ago? You know, the one where you make children's toys/clothing/items for each other and I realized only after I signed up that hey, I don't have children? Right. I did decide to go ahead and gift my swap item to the little girl next door, a little memento of her year in America [her parents are visiting scholars from Iran].
Anyways, my swap gift arrived in the middle of the week! [Sorry for general laggardness in posting about it - I was sooooooo excited to receive the gift!!! Just not much time to upload photos until now]
PERFECT, right??? Kerri did such a beautiful job, I was thrilled over the moon [pardon the mixed metaphors]. I loooooooooooove all the handstitched details and the choice of fabrics! Swoon! I mean, the dots, the pink and red, the red riding hood! She explains it much better here, but we have such overlapping histories that weave in and out of 3 countries and 3 families, it really has the very faintest feeling of a fairy tale, this swap itself, the coincidences, the shared bonds, the pieces of humanity that transcend national borders, time, place, culture, people.
Ack. So wonderful. All the details, everything -- perfect.
So of course, me being me I just couldn't wait, I had to pop over that. very. night. to visit my neighbors and bring them their gift. I hadn't even mentioned it to them before Wednesday night because I wanted it to be a surprise.
Look! They match!
And of course, babies exploring new items the best way they know how - with their mouths! She was playing with her all night. Ramin and Shiva [her parents] wanted me to name the doll for them, so of course I named her Kerri :-). And so - thank you Kerri! We all thank you from over here in Boston!