We hope you enjoy this lovely story from Donna, of LaughingFridge.
~I was delighted to become a member of the Etsy Treasury Team a short time ago. I love to make treasuries and thought this would be just the right team to join. I discovered in a very short time that this team is not just about making treasuries; it's about making friends as well. Amazing friends. I'd like to tell you a wonderful story about one of them, but keep the tissue box close by....
In September our 8 yr old pug Lucy became very sick. I made a treasury called "Ode to Pug" as a kind of get well card for her. All the members of this wonderful team expressed their concern and well wishes for our Lucy. One of the team members, Anna of Rebornasart and ALDDesigns , was inspired by my treasury to create a papier mache pug sculpture. She asked me if she could name her sculpture Lucy. I was very touched by her request and of course said yes. Although Anna had never seen Lucy, she felt a connection to her while creating her pug sculpture. Then Anna sent me a wonderful email saying she wanted me to have her Lucy sculpture. These are her words...
"It would mean a lot to me if she went to live with you. I've got a very special connection to animals, I get along with them better than people actually, and somehow although I don't even know her, I've got a really special feeling about Lucy. I hope you don't think I'm weird, I'd just really love for you to have this."
Shortly after Anna started her sculpture, Lucy underwent surgery to repair her damaged lung. Sadly, she passed away during the procedure, and my heart was broken. I sent an email to Anna letting her know. Many tears flowed between the two of us. I cried as I was telling Anna what happened. She cried as she finished her Lucy sculpture. I sent Anna some pictures of Lucy and she was amazed at how much her sculpture looked like our sweet pug girl. Anna put her heart and soul into this sculpture, and when I received her gift I cried again, but this time they were happy tears. Her amazing sculpture had Lucy's essence and spirit and I felt very comforted by it. She is proudly displayed on our mantel and every time I look at her I smile.
My grief has turned into fond memories with the help of Anna and her wonderful gift. Out of tragedy, a real friendship was developed. All the members of the Etsy Treasury Team expressed their heartfelt condolences and helped me deal with my loss. There is so much more to this team than just creating and sharing treasuries; they are real people who truly care about each other and I'm so happy to be a part of this wonderful group!
~ Lucy ~