In last week's Poetry Friday I shared a beautiful poem from Diane Mayr for our summer poetry swap, started and beautifully managed by Tabatha Yeatts whose blog is The Opposite of Indifference. It is a pleasure to write for someone, to try to learn about them, mostly through their blogs, and write personally for them. A few days after I wrote about Diane's poem, a box came in the mail. I knew I hadn't ordered anything, and it couldn't be one of the swap poems because it was a box. Wow, was I wrong! Here is a picture of the box 'inside' the box:
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To explain: my One Little Word this year is "paint", and Donna Smith and I have followed each other's posts since we first began blogging a few years ago. She knows I've been trying to do some different things besides writing and reading. I posted a watercolor a while ago. And, taking that picture of my watercolor, knowing that "paint" was a special word, she wrote a lovely poem AND ordered a puzzle. It was a lovely surprise.
There is one additional part that Donna doesn't know. In the final years with my husband, we did lots of jigsaw puzzles. It was good for his physical and mental therapy, and it meant nice hours together, not watching television or doing things apart, but being close. It doesn't make me sad, but remember good times! And, one more thing: I love the puzzle, but my husband was very good at them, even made his own rule that he didn't look at the picture. I am not so good, and wow, this is going to be beautiful, but Donna, I'm not finished yet! Granted, as a good excuse, I have kept my youngest granddaughter Imogene a few times this week. I need a good reason!
I thought this would be easy with the words, so gathered all the pieces that seemed to have letters, but actually I think it's more challenging. Or, it just gives me an added excuse not to be done!
Donna, thank you very much. It is a wonderful poem and gift!
I'll share a picture of the finished product soon!