When I arrived home from yoga the other morning (core yoga is HARD AS by the by…just like my abs will be…HARDY HAR HAR *ahem*), I discovered a little box sitting on my doorstep that had been sent to me all the way from China. I knew immediately what it was and let out a little squeak of excitement before the crushing realisation hit me – I didn’t have time to open it then and there; I was running late already. I desperately wanted to rip open the box and delve into it but instead, like the dutiful student I am, I headed off to uni and got lost in the soul-destroying world of statistics.
I actually managed to forget about the package (stats’ll do that). It wasn’t until I was already half way home at the end of the day that I remembered. After throwing down my bags and kicking off my shoes, I promptly opened it up. Inside were all kinds of amazing things from Japan inside. Fabric! Paper! Little fox keyring! Postcard!
I sat on my bed with the fabric pieces and paper strewn around me and the keyring in my hand as I re-read the postcard from Isabel. The lovely Isabel who lives in Nanjing, China and takes brilliant photos for the A Snapshot of Two Cities collab we do. She visited Japan a little while ago and had asked me what kinds of things I would like because she wanted to send me a little package. How nice is that??
This is the second time recently that I’ve received something from a friend who lives overseas. Laura over in New Zealand sent me a wonderful collection of adorable things not so long ago – just because she wanted to – and it made me so incredibly warm and fuzzy. Seriously though, get a load of these sweet, thoughtful people! Who even are they. I am astounded by their generosity and loveliness and feel so incredibly lucky that I can count them as my friends. What makes all of this even more unexpected and wonderful is that I’ve never ever even met either Isabel or Laura. We met online (in the non-creepy way. Though, really, either of them *could* be a sixty year old man with ten cats sitting at his computer in just a singlet and shorts). There is so much distance between us but we’ve still been able to “meet” and connect and find friendship in similar souls. Isn’t that so beautifully bizarre?
So here’s to faraway friends and the interwebz – cheers.