This month's hygge post is about one of the most important aspects of hygge, and that is friendship. I am actually having a difficult time composing this post, and have written and deleted things multiple times. Usually I am only at a loss for words in person. It's a strange experience to be stuttering like this on my computer. The problem is the subject.
It should be an easy thing to write about the importance of friendship, and how much my friends mean to me. But that's the catch. It's hard to find words for the kinds of friends I have been blessed with in my life. Some of those friendships go back decades, and include acts of self-sacrifice and kindness above and beyond what anyone could ever ask of a friend. In the very best of times they have been there for me, and in times of crisis they have been there as well. Solid, dependable, with listening ears and loving hearts.
Some of my friendships have been formed in more recent years. I am so grateful that as our family journeyed from Nelson to Richmond, then on to Kamloops, that I have had the good fortune to meet such awesome people along the way. And now, through my blog, I have made friends all around the world! Some of you I have met in person, and some of you I have talked to on the phone, exchanged emails with, or got to know through the comments we have left on each other's blogs.
One such friend is Patricia, from the Red Cardinal blog. Patricia recently had a give-away on her blog, and I was the lucky winner! I couldn't believe it when I unwrapped the parcel Patricia had sent and saw what was inside. Patricia is from Australia, and I loved how each of the items reflected something from her country. Jewelry, books on Aborigines and their artwork, bookmarks, a potholder, a tea bag holder, an eye glass cleaning cloth featuring the painting Under the Jacaranda, and some Wattle Fairy material - every single item had meaning.
She even included a lorikeet finger puppet for Lucy! Thank you so much for the lovely gifts Patricia, and for the thoughtfulness you put into each item.
This next item is quite amazing. I still can't believe it. A few weeks ago my friends Bob and Cindy came to spend the day. While Cindy and I worked on cutting out Maggie Rabbits, Bob was busy in our backyard putting together two cedar garden boxes he had made for me. One is at the side of our cottage.
The other one is at the back.
They know how much I love gardening, and how much I missed my Kamloops garden boxes, so decided to give me these as a housewarming present. These boxes are a work of art. Bob cut the cedar himself, and the wood is beautiful to look at. I admire them every time I go outside or look out my windows. But wait, there's more!
You'll notice the boxes are filled with lovely, dark topsoil. A few days after Bob and Cindy were here, my friends Ellen and John came out with their truck. We met at a garden store in Chilliwack, and filled the back of their truck with a yard and a half of dirt before coming on out to Cultus. Then we shovelled. And shovelled. And shovelled some more. When we finished I had two garden boxes, ready to plant.
Friendship, and hygge, at its very best.