I’ve been mugged!
Friday August 09th 2013, 11:46 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,Knit,Life

Parker and his beloved blankie. (And I hope by linking, the very kind Antonio at Malabrigo gets to see how treasured his Rios is. He told me at Stitches how rare it is to be granted a glimpse: all that yarn they send out into the world, what becomes of it?) One very happy little boy.

And every year at Stitches, there’s a vendor who does custom fitting and then creates and mails you a pair of shoes made in America, your choice color, style, leather and that are guaranteed to fit your feet at a Birkenstock-range price.

As a 6.5 EE, choice and fit are a rare and wonderful thing, and a few years ago I ordered navy sandals from them. I didn’t buy into the reflexology idea behind the funky knobby bottoms on the things (scroll down just a bit), but they were designed for you to be able to be comfortably on your feet all day.

There’s only one problem.

Ever since a speeder totaled my car, my sense of balance has been purely visual and tactile, and it’s a good thing I like Birkenstocks because they steady me with a lot of feedback as to just where and how far away the floor is and whether I’m tilting overly.

But those, not so much. I wore them  once and decided I risked breaking bones–they’re great shoes, just not for me.

Birkenstock had an outlet shop years ago in Gilroy till the company closed all their American outlets. But in the meantime, while my friends Mel and Kris were doing a show in the area, we found out later she and I bought the exact same clog in the exact same size and same color at about the same time. 37R. Twins. Cool!

Hey–I know someone who has to be on her feet all day at art shows who would fit those not-Birks…

And so, with her permission, I sent the navy pair off to where they would actually be worn.

And today she got me back for it. She found out I’d broken my favorite hot cocoa mug and asked for a picture.

I know the Kunihiros generally don’t mail their pottery; I was expecting to buy more at the show coming up at the end of the month and looking forward to seeing them.

She and her family made four castings of mugs, the letter in the box said, set them in a row, and together they picked out the one that best matched the photo.

The mental image of that just makes me very happy. The family gathered together, the row of mugs, the winner, and most of all the love.

My hot cocoa and I are going to do some serious celebrating with that mug in the morning! And I can’t wait to thank them in person!


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That is so awesome! And makes the mug infinitely more special. You are correct, the image is priceless and wonderful

Comment by Margo Lynn 08.10.13 @ 5:44 am

Oh how this post warms my heart!! Thank you so much for sharing Parker and his beloved blankie and the mug story. Goodness abounds.

Comment by Channon 08.10.13 @ 6:49 am

That’s the best kind of mugging!
That’s an interesting sleeping position. Maybe Parker has decided to use it as a prayer shawl.

Comment by Donald Meyer 08.10.13 @ 10:30 am

I can feel the love all around!

Comment by bev 08.10.13 @ 10:43 am

That’s one special blankie your Sweetheart loves so much! And the mug is beautiful! If it wasn’t that I,don’t,have storage space my house would be filled with an eclectic collection of handmade mugs like that.

Comment by Jody 08.10.13 @ 12:40 pm

Throughout this post, the truth that we don’t make things for them to exist in the world, we make them to be used and appreciated. Not to mention, the reminder of the cycle of kindness. Lovely!

Comment by twinsetellen 08.10.13 @ 2:04 pm

You covered a lot of ground today! Nothing like three happy endings in one post.

Comment by Ruth 08.10.13 @ 4:21 pm

I have one question: how did he get so big??

Comment by Lene 08.10.13 @ 8:04 pm

Try http://footprints.com for some outlet priced Birkenstocks!

Comment by Lisa 08.12.13 @ 10:19 am



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