“I am not the same
having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
~Mary Anne Radmacher
Last week a very special package arrived at our house. Inside were gifts from Armenia: a few items for our dining room, hand-made wooden earrings, a lovely jewelry box and an amazing traditional Armenian costume, designed with our Little Bird in mind. I could barely contain my excitement–it was like having Christmas and birthday celebrations all rolled into one.
I will always hold Armenia close to my heart, like no other place I’ve ever traveled to. My daughter was born in the shadow of her mountains. We’ve graced our tiny home with paintings and memorabilia from our trips, but much of the time, this country which cradles the history and culture of our daughter’s beginnings, seems impossibly far away.
Two table runners and a two place mats now grace our dining room, and when I walk past them, I smile. The amazing part is how closely the traditionally-styled table runners match the colors of our dining room. Burgundy, sage green, accents of coral, cream and gold. It was if my dear friend had been standing right there when she chose them for us.
Close-up of table runner
Our dining room rug
There are days when my longing to be there is palpable. And that is why having a bit of —there–here, warms my heart.
With love and gratitude to H-jan and V. Gifts, Part II, coming soon!
Take the road less traveled,