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spring in a box

When we lived in New York, this time of year was hard for me. The end of March and the beginning of April, when spring should be out in full force, were usually still cold and dreary. Winter seemed never ending. There's only so much you can do with two children under 3 when it's freezing cold outside, and for a girl born and raised in sunny Southern California, I had had enough.

I have a few friends who have had tougher winters than usual this year for various reasons. Friends who have been cooped indoors with colicky babies, or feeling down about just about everything or wondering how much longer they can stay sane in their tiny New York apartments. Oh, I remember.

So I decided to mail them a little something.. I call it "Spring in a Box". I gathered an assortment of all things yellow and orange and wrapped them up in the brightest paper I could find, including a note about how spring would definitely come.. that they had almost made it through the long cold winter. And I included these two lovely quotes:

The packages have all been received. Sunshine delivered by way of the USPS. Friends are cheered. Spring has come. Mission accomplished.

NOTE: Yes, it is because of the long, hard winter that we moved away from NYC and all its charms. Now we enjoy winter in southern California, usually wearing flip flops and making lemonade from the lemon tree in our backyard. So California has its charms too.

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What a lovely friend you are x

04.16.2009 | Unregistered CommenterThe Antidote

So kind!

04.16.2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

What a lovely thing to do - I can almost smell that lemon too! There is just something so cheerful about yellow, you could almost send a box full of yellow tissue paper and it'd be a beautiful thing.

04.16.2009 | Unregistered CommenterJacqui

Wow! How do I go about becoming your friend?? What a great idea!

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLindzie

What a fabulous idea, and what a thoughtful friend you are!

04.17.2009 | Unregistered Commenteringrid

thoughtful and sweet. i live in one of those never-ending-winter places, and what a cheery package this would be.

04.17.2009 | Unregistered Commenterjane

What a wonderful idea! I would love to receive one of your spring packages. Too cute!!

Ashley, with CWDkids

I love it! What a wonderful surprise that must have been for your friends! It probably came at just the right time because it has seemed like spring was never going to come- it's been cold!

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

love this idea - must do this for my upstate NY clan.

J :)

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLobotoME

I'm sure your friends loved getting spring in a box! great idea to cheer up someone who is feeling the effects of a long winter.

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Otis

This is such a wonderful idea. What a kind friend you are. I'm sure your friends appreciated their taste of spring!

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

hellow yellow!

04.17.2009 | Unregistered Commenterdesiree fawn

This is so sweet! I need a box of cheer, can we be friends? :)

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

What an amazing idea! Such a lovely friend you are... and just looking at the pictures cheer me up!

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

Your friends are the luckiest people ever! And I know that difficult time in NYC well, the good news is - Spring is here on this Friday!

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAmy@OldSweetSong

That is so sweet! I'm sure you made their day.

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

That is awesome. I love spreading a little cheer like that. May have to copy the idea someday.

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

I don't think I can ever have enough yellow! More please! These are so lovely =)

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterTruly Smitten

Fantastic gifts! What a darling you are. Thanks for sharing the Spring fever. It was much needed. :)

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterCC the Canadian

Brilliant and lovely!! I'd be thrilled to receive a package like this -- will have to keep that in mind when corresponding with friends who are still stuck in the dregs of cold weather.

04.17.2009 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

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