Friday, 24 May 2013
And this doesn't just apply to people. I always find it difficult to let go when it comes to my creations. Maybe that's because I tend to create things that I like, things that I would be delighted to keep hanging around my house, sitting on my shelves, so I can point at them and say: "I remember you. You're awesome.". Okay, I'm also a bit of a hoarder, and I would LOVE to have a house filled with all kinds of funky, weird things. Kind of like this:
The point is, I have a hard time getting rid of my stuff, so the other day, when I got a notification from Etsy that my doll, Newman, had sold, I experienced a twang of sadness. Of course, I always get excited when something sells, mostly because I'm so happy that someone else likes something that I create enough to want to purchase it. Plus it justifies my weirdness. But I do feel a bit verklempt.
But as you know, every cloud has a silver lining (and a puffy, chewy, marshmallow core) and when I opened up the Etsy receipt, I realized who had loved Newman so much as to give him a cozy new home. It was a very dear old friend of mine. My best friend from growing up, in fact! I had moved around quite a bit and we had lost touch over the years. Truth is, I had not seen or spoken to her in about 12 years! She had included a lovely note to me, telling me she was happy to see I was doing something that I enjoyed and made me happy. I just about fell out of my chair, and it may be silly, but the tears started to flow. I was overjoyed and overwhelmed that this person had found me and reestablished contact. Since then, we've gotten back in touch, caught up a bit with what's been going on in our lives (Holy Crap does a lot ever happen over the span of a decade!), and plan to meet up the next time I'm in town, which should be very soon. I'm so excited!
So not all goodbyes are bad. As I carefully packaged Newman up, I explained to him that he was going to the lovely home of someone I treasure and I was sure she would take the best care of him (and maybe even let him eat Nutter Butters late at night).
Hopefully this post will encourage you to reach out to someone you may have lost touch with. You never know what's been going on in their lives and how wonderful it will make them feel to know that you cared enough to seek them out. Have a great Friday!
...and goodbye Newman :)