Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Our very own rainbow

The other evening whilst we were watching TV, Dudley pricked his ears up and gave a few barks. Then, we heard the letterbox being opened and a lot of effort being put into posting something to us. Next, the doorbell rang and we heard little feet scampering away. And this is what we found:
It's our very own A4 sized rainbow to put in the window! I think it's country wide that children out on their walks are playing 'spot the rainbow' or similar. Children are making these to show there is hope and that everything will be OK.

The little girl next door, called Gabriella, isn't yet seven and she coloured this for us. How sweet is that?

The piece of paper was badly crumpled from the effort of posting so the following day I carefully ironed it between a couple of sheets of paper, adhered it to a piece of card, popped it into a document holder and then stuck it to the inside of one of the front bedroom windows.

There was a note, also crumpled, which I also ironed as flat as I could:
It says - literally:

'To Len dy and duley hope you are oll OK and hope you have a lovely day here is a rainbow for you since you have not got one oredy love from your nabers Gabriella and Teddy'. 

I know, I know - I did shed a few tears. Teddy is their adorable Shih Tzu by the way. Often it's the little gifts from the heart that mean more than so much else.

What to do? I messaged her Mum and she liked my suggestion so I stamped quite a few images for her to colour and also added a packet of unused crayons and quite a few plain and twinkly felt tipped pens. Apparently Gabriella fell upon the sparkly felt tipped pens and began colouring right away!

My next batch of images for Gabriella (and now one of her brothers) to colour is already under way - along with some using pigment ink which can be water coloured as a change. Keeps me out of mischief :)




35 comments:

Pat said...

How sweet, and I love the hand written note, just her own thoughts, not touched by adult hands..lol, and how good of you Di to reciprocate with some crafting goodies. x

Liz said...

What a fabulous present, Di and I love the handwritten note too. We've got a rainbow in our window and also a bear, as the local children have been going on a Bear Hunt, as well as playing Spot the Rainbow. xx

Susan Renshaw said...

Oh - this is wonderful!!

Darnell said...

Full on tears and a melted heart over here! You are so blessed to have them for neighbors, Di! And you are so sweet in turn to stamp them images to color. Thank you for the visual hug this story gave your readers!! Take care and keep safe! Hugs, Darnell

Glennis F said...

How lovely of your little neighbour - so special

Elizabeth Hart said...

I am crying my eyes out - this is so sweet and provides the young ones with a sense of optimism. Thanks you for sharing.

Jane Willis said...

Absolutely lovely - I'm not surprised you shed a few tears, I got a lump in my throat just reading it. What a kind, thoughtful little girl.

Kath said...

A fabulous rainbow and note - so cute!
Kath x

LesleyG said...

That is so sweet! I have a bear but no rainbow......must rectify that! Love this community spirit! Xxx

Fikreta said...

so sweet!

NanaConnie said...

What a fabulous story, Di, and I love that you now have your very own rainbow! What a sweet gift you sent in return. I know the children have to have more than just moments of boredom. I'm watching it happen with my own grandson and he's one of the best I know at self-entertaining.
Blessings on all in your home and theirs.

Aquarius said...

How lovely - this sort of situation does being out the best in people on the whole. Shame about the few in whom it brings out the worst but we won't mention those. Stay positive!!

Lia said...

Ooo, this is so adorable! You have got a great surprise!
Lia xx

Sarn said...

Awww . . . Thank you for sharing such a sweet RAK. Glad you've found something yoto keep you out of mischief!!!
Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

How wonderful Di, such lovely neighbours. Well it seems to have helped your Mojo a little and every little helps.

Sue xx

Sandra H said...

Aww how cute of them to do this for you,Len and Dudley l haven’t coloured for ages but with lockdown l copied the NHS Hero poster with the rainbow 🌈 l coloured it and it’s taken place on my front window along with many others dispelling them stay safe 😘

Jackie T said...

Oh Di that is just so lovely. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Eemeli said...

Oh, that was so sweet of her.

In Finland people have been putting teddy bears on their windows for children to spot them while walking by -- and of course it is now on social media also so if you spot a teddy bear or put one one your windows you can post about it by using #teddybearchallenge (well, of course the Finnish version of the words :)

Take care <3

Hugs,
Eemeli

Vicky Hayes said...

That is the most adorable gift EVER Di! Gabriella and Teddy are obviously quite the creative duo! How lovely of you to send a little gift back - love how thoughtfulness snowballs like this. Hugs, Vicky xx

Andre M. said...

So much thoughtfulness from your neighbour, glad you're starting them on their crafting journey!

KT Fit Kitty said...

You made my day! What a sweet thing to do! I teared up as I read her letter. It's nice to receive this message of hope in the mindst of the pandemic. It seems like the lockdown is going on for a long time but this too shall pass, and we must remember that it will be over at some point. Thanks for sharing, Di!

Em Louise Fairley said...

So sweet! xoxo

Kathleen said...

How super is that. We had something very similar and I have no idea who the children are. They were Sister and Brother and it was a sort of pop up card and they had written "We hope this makes you smile" Well it did, but it made me thing "do I look like a miserable old woman. It has gone in our window though and I will send my entry to SS to them, if I can find where I have put the bl---- thing. How can you lose a card?

Kath x

kiwimeskreations said...

What a little sweetie - reminds me of the bunny card my neighbour gave me for Easter...
Stay safe
Blessings
Maxine

Jane said...

Awww how gorgeous Di xxx

Lynne said...

Such a lovely gift Di and her little letter and spellings too brought tears to my eyes! x

KandA said...

Oh what a wonderful little 'naber' you have Dy. That is such a lovely rainbow and it was so nice that she cared about you. Great idea for you to give her images to colour. Last time we went to Oz I took stamped and die-cut images as well as some die-cut shapes (foam, card, glitter card, etc) for Asher to use to make cards, pictures and things. Hope you're keeping safe and well xx

EmmaT said...

The one good thing to this nightmare is so many lovely thoughtful little things happening, love the rainbow and the handwritten note - im sure she loves all the new images to colour in. Stay safe Hugs Emmax

Linby said...

oh how very sweet Di - one to keep in your box. How lovely of you too, to give her some images to colour and pens too.

Tina Z. said...

this is so sweet and when I read this ... yes, there is hope that everything will be OK. so kind of you to give your little friend images to colour <3.
I see at my children that they are being melancholic sometimes because we have a strict quarantine here (we are next to Italy) and we draw and colour together a lot - it is a family therapy. I am so happy that many artist are giving away their incredible drawings for free to color during these hard times.
stay safe.
crafty hugs xx

Pam Sebring said...

Omygosh!! How sweet is that??! Those little ones are so caring and confused at the same time right now with all of this. Pandemic business. It’s so awesome that their peers, teachers, family and loved ones are showing them that compassion and spreading cheer is a way of life right now! Also good that they are putting their energies into spreading happiness! I hope everyone is staying safe through all of this craziness! Hugs! Pam

Becca Yahrling said...

awwww ... this is just too sweet!!!

AlisonC said...

How sweet of them and how sweet of you. People are so lovely. I'm sure she will love colouring, you're inspiring the next generation of card makers. I remember colouring the line drawings in my Milly Molly Mandy book, for which I was ticked off, but they were just asking to be coloured. I still have the book. 😄

Lillianb said...

How lovely is that,and such a sweet note,

Hope you are all well,

Lilian xxx

Swissie said...

So sweet! Heart melting!
Hugs, Liv