Sometimes gifts take on a life of their own... Such is the case of a wonderful Chinese treasure that arrived recently from my friend Kimberlee!
ONCE UPON A TIME... in a land where fish swim in trees,
a Wee little boy was feeling sad, alone and just a little bit useless.
His brothers were hooting and hollering, busily climbing high, looking for longtailed birds to ride. His sisters sat giggling and whispering in a meadow gathering flowers to turn into crowns.
Quietly he crept in amongst the trees until big sister spotted him and asked, "Wee one, why are you so sad?" "No one will play with me..." he replied. "I am too small to climb with my brothers, and not nimble enough to help you with your flowers..." With a kiss on his forhead she said: "Then we shall find Big Brother and ask him what to do!"
And she gathered their other siblings, one by one...
...and went in search of Big Brother who was known for being wise, kind and generous.
Big Brother took Wee one on his lap, and told him he had found a great surprise, a magic basket that surely was filled with treasures inside! But he couldn't open it, the lock was too small for his Big fingers. "Will you help me Wee one?" he asked.
"Oh Yes!" said Wee one, "Surely this is a task just for me!" And soft as a kitten, quiet as a mouse, Wee one carefully opened the magic basket and found wonderful things inside! Teapots and Cups, enough for all his siblings to partake!
A scent of sweet Jasmine filled the air, and Wee ones brothers and sisters quickly gathered round, wondering what Big Brother had found!
"LOOK!" Big Brother said, "Wee one has helped us all by opening this magic basket!"
As the treasures spilled out, a wonderful feast was shared and everyone agreed that Wee one was truly the most helpful and useful sibling of all!
THANK YOU KIMBERLEE for your basket of joy! (vintage Chinese teaset, teapot and dolls from Ulla's collection)