Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Happy mail, refrigerator art and just so

A few weeks ago, our friend the Elephant's Child mentioned in a blog post that she would send us a magnet from her visit to Floriade, Canberra, Australia's annual celebration of Springtime.  All we had to do was ask - and so I did.  I adore receiving what I call "Happy mail," which came by Air Mail, with the magnet (there on the right) inside a lovely note card, with a mom with her baby on the front.  This totally made my day.

And there it has landed, on the side of my refrigerator, next to Frida Kahlo and holding up a postcard from the Flannery O'Connor foundation.  There's also hummingbird paraphernalia, as well as a drawing depicting the metamorphosis of a butterfly, drawn by great niece Kloie.  So it's in good company.  Thanks, EC!  I adore it.

The main reason I visited the Elephant's Child's blog the first time was that her blog handle evokes one of my most favorite stories of all time - "How the Elephant got his trunk" by Rudyard Kipling.  (I have a paperback copy of the book "Just So Stories," but the cover is not as good as this one I found on the internet.)  My fifth grade teacher, the late Mrs. Ola Payne, used to read to us in the afternoons, and this was, by far, my favorite. 

If you aren't familiar with "How the Elephant got his trunk," you can imagine, just from looking at this cover, how that happened.  :)  Poor Elephant's Child, with his 'satiable curiosity!  I do love to visit our EC's blog and read her "just so" stories!  A Good Thing, for sure!

16 comments:

LL Cool Joe said...

How cool to receive such a lovely gift from the Elephant's Child. If fits in so well with your other fridge magnets.

Elephant's Child said...

I am so glad it arrived safely.
I grew up with the Just So Stories, and yes, I was often compared to the Elephant's Child. All of us can still recite great slabs of them. And all of us have our own copies and reread them at intervals.

Lynn said...

Joe -

I know - so nice.

EC -

Thank you again! They only friend I have who read these said she didn't read the "How the Elephant got his trunk" to her kids because of all the spanking. :)

Louvregirl said...

Love that picture of the elephant with his trunk stuck but..."Oh no!"

Lady Fi said...

What wonderful happy mail!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lynn - how wonderful ... I too have a copy here ... fabulous illustrations in the books too. "Great Green Greasy Limpopo River..." loved those words, then when I went to live in southern Africa ... I could see the animals and at times the river is sluggish ... but when the rains come it will gush through to the Indian Ocean ...

Lovely mail to receive, wonderful magnet and card ... so thoughtful of EC ... cheers Hilary

Crafty Green Poet said...

Lovely mail! Poor elephant!

G. B. Miller said...

Excellent! It's great to have such a good friend like that. Never heard of that book while growing (possibly because I might be a tad younger than you? j/k).

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Leonora said...

It's rare that we get fun mail anymore, making it even more special when we do!
I really like your niece's butterfly metamorphosis drawing.

Granny Annie said...

How much does mail cost from Australia? I know mailing to and from Canada is very expensive. EC is a good friend to send you something just of for asking. I love Rudyard Kipling but haven't read that story now I must.

Mama Zen said...

What cute happy mail!

Lee said...

She's a good lady, our Elephant's Child! That was very nice of her to do that. :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, it is fun receiving happy mail. The magnet and card are pretty. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

Betty Manousos said...

lovely mail! love the photo of the elephant...oh poor guy. have a great week ahead.
xoxo

Snaggle Tooth said...

I miss my kitchen places for pics- Still all packed away. Lucky you can enjoy that -

Denise inVA said...

What a neat gift!