Each Wednesday I post about some sort of treasure I found during the past week. It might be thrifted or found on a walk or whispered in my ear or discovered on a dark shelf in the basement. Something. Anything that makes me feel lucky and thankful. It doesn't necessarily have to make its way home with me - it just has to be noticed. The idea is for it to cost very little and feel very big. After all, this isn't about acquiring new things; it is about paying better attention to the world around me.
If you discovered a treasure this week (a new friend, a snow fairy, a fancy dish at the thrift store, a bird's nest) please do share it, as well as any links, in the comments section below.
Tom was away on business during the past five days, which meant I had little time for writing and personal crafting. There was lots of time for playing games, reading books, drawing, wiggling loose teeth (Chick) and outside rambling. After a long cold Sunday at the park, the kids snuggled on the couch to watch The Muppets Take Manhattan with buttery popcorn and blankets. At one point Chick, who had earlier been mildly offended when friends and family called it a "girl weekend" because it felt like that implied that we were excluding papa, turned to me with a worried look because she thought she was having too much fun without him. My wee worrier was even worried about not worrying enough. She eventually settled, and we all fell into a comfortable/awkward, necessary rhythm until last night when Tom arrived home.
And, so my Treasured feature is a day late.
Baby Elephant's Trunk, written by Sesyle Joslin and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard in 1961, is just about the sweetest, most adorable little book around. While nibbling on his before dinner snack of a loaf of bread, Baby Elephant discovers he is going to France and his Mama asks him to pack his trunk with all of his special, necessary personal items and teaches him the French words for most. Baby Elephant is a bit silly, though, and there is some snorty elephant laughter. Oh, you have to read this book! There is even a tiny glossary in the back. And, the illustrations couldn't be more perfect and lovely.