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Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
The last time I blogged I wrote a post about good old school mail, the kind you have to slap a stamp on and throw in the post box and wait for it to get to it’s final destination. I love opening my little box in the post office entrance and seeing things that I didn’t order (though I do love those too). I don’t recall if I put a call out for someone or if I had two people just say they were in the same boat but shortly after that I had two gals I was going to be sending things to monthly. The first petered off quickly the second has become a highlight.
For nearly three years now my friend Catherine Constance and I have been sending mail back and forth monthly, we say the 15th, but there have been times I haven’t been as diligent as I should have been, or times when life just takes hold. There have been moments when things have gotten lost in the post, or times we’ve sent things off late. Our friendship has grown and our ebb and flow of sending things off is perfectly imperfect because, at least on my end, they tend to come on days I need a splash of colour, fun, and to know someone is thinking of me.
This month I got a summery fish card in the mail and this brilliant little hedgehog totem. They came yesterday, and as I drove from the city back home knowing one class in my arsenal this year was a no go I kept thinking on the envelope that I had removed from the post box and tucked into my son’s backpack and forgotten about for a moment. I hadn’t had the time to open it up before I left the house but it turns out I needed something to make me smile when I got home.
Catherine has such a way with watercolours and the characters she breaths life into are just heartwarming and vibrant. My friend is working her tail off to get some children’s book ideas out there and is not just writing them, but illustrating them and I can’t wait to get my dirty, painted little hands on them when it all happens.
Each and every day I am reminded that I have got some pretty amazing friends, local, distance, and online ones. Thank you to every single one of you for adding sunshine to my life. And Catherine, thanks for the lovely art again this month, I love both!