I received a phone call from a very special childhood friend the other day. When my cell phone rang I did not recognize the number--a very unfamiliar area code. I usually don't answer calls that I do not recognize but thankfully this time I did. "Hello" I said. As soon as I heard the "Hi" on the other end I knew it was my friend Rande. As children, Rande and I lived just a short walking distance from each other. She is just a few years older than I and learned to ride her bike much sooner than I learned to ride mine. She would take the short trip to my house to visit. As time passed Rande's family moved from our neighborhood but Rande and I continued to stay in touch with each other. She would make the trip "home" every year or so and we always made time to see each other. Sometimes we even would have a slumber party.
Me, Rande, Heidi, Andrea in 1979
me, Rande, Andrea in 1981
Just last year Randy came for a visit. We spent the afternoon enjoying each other's company and catching up over lunch at Panera.
Heidi, Rande, Mom and me
During our recent phone call Rande mentioned that she missed me and wondered if everything was ok. She asked if I was going to do a blog post soon because my last post was way back in October. I assured her that I was doing great. I had just become so overwhelmed with Christmas doll orders that I had neglected my blog. I promised her that I would start updating more often. Her call was a wonderful surprise reminding me that not only has my blog allowed me to meet many new friends but also to keep in touch with life long friends. So in the new year of 2013 I am plan to post more often----- looking forward to meeting and making lots of new friends while visiting and keeping in touch with friends I have known a lifetime. Thank you Rande for this reminder...I love you xoxo
About Dandelion Wishes--Why a Dandelion you ask???
As I was contemplating starting my blog and opening my etsy shop, many thoughts swam in my head. What would I write about, what would I sell and what in the world would I call my blog and shop? Oh I had a list of names--which one should I choose? I finally decided on Dandelion Wishes. Why that name you ask? Why a dandelion--they are such a nuisance poking their little yellow heads right out into the beautiful green grass. Then there are those little white seed parachutes floating over my lawn just looking for a place to land and grow more little yellow heads in my beautiful grass. If I would have stopped at that thought I never would have choosen the dandelion to represent my blog. Who want's to be known as a nuisance?? Not me. As I stopped and really looked at the little yellow flower, I discovered that it is really quite beautiful. With it's many petals and it's happy yellow color I found it to be really very cheery. And then the thought struck me. There are many things that come into our lives that at first we consider a nuisance. But if we really stop to think about them, often they can become a thing of beauty--teaching lessons and helping us to grow and mature in our lives. I couldn't think of a better name for my blog and shop. It helps to remind me to stop and see the beauty in all situations, to ask myself what lesson I am to be learning, and how does this situation help me to grow into a better person. I wish that for all of you my friends as well. Thank you for visiting Dandelion Wishes. I hope you enjoy your stay.