A couple of days ago, a package arrived in the mail. It looked like this:
Royal Mail? What the hay could this be? Well, as it turns out, it was a wonderful package from our friend Faith (click here to go to her blog) in Wales! Included in the package was what you see below:
And let me tell you, it is a darned good thing they were included because the waterworks started right away upon finding the rest of the contents. So what was it that could elicit such a response, you ask? It was none other than an effigy of the Goatmother's most beloved alter ego, which you can read about here, in case you missed out. And not just any old effigy, but one lovingly wrought by the hand of one very skilled artist! May I present what you see below:
Oh, it's a very cute crocheted doll, you say. But I assure you, this is not just any crocheted doll. Take a look at this, my friends :
Yep! A purple cape with a big 'B' for none other than, ButterBean!!! Here to bolster the Goatmother and just in the nick of time, for tomorrow will be the LAST chemotherapy treatment! Now how timely is that? Just like in the movies, the heroine shows up to save the day! (We do have one small question for Faith ... why is ButterBean gray? Is there something you know that we don't about when the Goatmother's hair grows back? On the other hand, come to think of it, why does ButterBean have hair at all? I'm just sayin' ... Don't tell the Goatmother. Oh, why am I cursed with this ratiocinative nature?)
Now, then, I wouldn't want you to think this is all that was in that fabulous package from Wales (as if that weren't enough). Did you see those three beautiful crocheted pansies at ButterBean's feet? Aren't they lovely? Still there is one more very special thing, and I will show it to you below:
Do you see what is on that card? Why it is a VERY good likeness of one philosophically minded goat drawn by the hand of Faith's oldest son! Now I would say that here is an artist in the making, wouldn't you? So we thank him most kindly, as well as Faith's middle and youngest sons because, well, we just know they had a hand in helping with the whole project!
Just when we think people can't get any nicer and we can't get any luckier, the Universe has a way of showing us that we're not as smart as we think we are. We are humbled yet again by the generosity and kindness of these friends, and so very many others. Most simply, thank you.
So, on to the morrow. It is not without a little trepidation that we enter this last bout with the Challenger, but we know we can do it. So many others have and have had so much more to deal with. So as Princess Leia said to Han Solo, 'A kiss for luck', and we're on our way. (Or was that The Carpenters?)
"Do or do not ... there is no try." - Yoda