Today was a day that started out lousy from the early hours of the morning, took a dark turn once I read the news, was fraught with personal annoyances, and ended with me nursing a cat recovering from surgery. (He’s not quite the cat he used to be, if you get my drift, and he’s staggering around like a drunken sailor).
But at midday, things brightened. The sun came out. The weather hit the 70’s, and I got a call I’d given up on ever receiving.
You might remember this post from Guylty, in which she spun the sad tale of the lost New York RAPS sent to me in Mexico. ( Guylty’s writing here is so spectacular – it brought me to tears.) A carefully and lovingly crafted Personal Shrine was apparently lost in the mail, having been sent in early October, but never received.
Of course, I knew what it was – well, I knew there was a RAPS in there, and I knew what it looked like. But, until I opened the package, examined the tin, (which was one of the tins dear friend KatharineD found in her mother’s stash and forwarded to Guylty), until I opened the tin and saw for myself the delicacy and fragility of the work inside, the detail, the care, until then, I really didn’t know what I had almost missed.
Did it arrive intact? Well, yes and no.
If you look at Guylty’s photo, above, you can see that on the bottom half, there are a few tiny magnets spelling out Peaches in the Big Apple.
It wasn’t until I looked at Guylty’s post again, that I noticed my RAPS looked something like this:
A careful search unearthed the magnet that said in, but the apple cannot be found. I tried gently shaking the tin, turning it upside down and poking around with a toothpick. It’s such a delicate item that I’ve decided not to poke around any further.
Besides, I kind of like it this way, because it tells more of the story.
A framed photo of Richard Armitage at the Berlin Premiere of DOS, taken by Guylty, herself, three Richard Armitage refrigerator magnets ( which will take a place of honor along with the magnet sent by Micra, depicting a beautiful Sardinian scene), a lovely handwritten card, with one of my favorite photos of Richard Armitage, a bar of Thornton Cappuccino Chocolate ( sorry, but the photo is the wrapper – I indulged in the white chocolate covered Cappuccino ganache – that Thornton makes good stuff) and yes – a badge – to be the subject of a separate post).
What a haul.
But better than the stuff, is the sentiment, the work, the creativity, the thought that went into this particular project. It really turned my day around.
And it said something to me about that fandom feeling, as well.
So, to Guylty, many, many thanks. It might not have started out as a surprise, but it sure did end as one – a really welcome one.