Monday, October 21, 2013

A SHORT STORY


It seems that I've been busy
Not really...
A lot on my mind 
while I carve and tweak 
small carvings for a special order


I've been keeping a secret ....


but now I can share it with you....


It is a cold dark night 
The heavens open 
and much to my daughter's consternation
we follow the children onto the veranda 
Why are we outside in a blizzard?
J has found a bird nest with babies in it
Come and look
My daughter puts on her happy face 
and goes out into the rain
The nest is in a ticky creeper at eye level 
She peers into the nest
Her face registers shock
My future son in law
drops to his knee 
She says yes


94 comments:

  1. Robyn, this is an absolute delight from beginning to end.

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  2. ces créations de totems sont très originales! c'est très beau!

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  3. oh, such a thoughtful and loving way to propose - luring her with obviously something precious to her and then the act itself - congratulations to everyone!! xo

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    1. A perfect moment ... even in the rain.

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  4. What a beautiful way to propose, congratulations to your daughter and future son-in-law. :)

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  5. what a wonderful post and lovely family story to share with us... you put such a smile on my face... : D

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  6. it is a wonderful story, one of love and thoughtfulness, delicious surprises, joy and creativity. What could be more heartwarming. And how nice that it was arranged so you could be part of it. What a lovely start for all involved.

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    1. We were touched that our son in law wanted us to be there. It was such a lovely family gathering!

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  7. Robyn - what a beautiful way to propose! I'll bet they didn't even notice the rain! Congrats to everyone - such joy in new beginnings!

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  8. Such happy news! Congratulations :)

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  9. A very beautiful story. The quotation by e.e.cummings is perfect, and those totems as the illustrations, spot on!

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    1. Thanks Priya. The small totem kept me busy while waiting for the ring to be made. It was the longest two weeks... trying to keep a secret.

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  10. thank you for sharing this special moment!

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  11. WEEEEEeeee.... what a great way to propose!!!

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  12. This is a beautiful, poetic way... and this beautiful short story will turn into a love story--a life story, yet to unfold.

    I love your work, and that poem particle. My heart!

    Congratulations or I want to say Jubilane *(but I know that is not Quite right spelling of it ?! Thanks for sharing your joy.
    Good thing the monkeys were not being curious that evening. :) Blessings to you all.

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    1. I think it is Jabulani.... my son in law would know. He is a zulu linguist. Thanks so much M!

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  13. Beautiful, original and romantic...congratulation for you daughter!!

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  14. Happy dance happening over here to your daughter! Congratulations all round!

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  15. Congratulations to everyone :-D big smiles and love

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  16. Oh, Robyn, what a romantic, touching proposal! I wish it 's the beginning of a long love story, full of warmth, support and happiness!
    Thank you for sharing with us this intimate moment of your life!
    Your daughter's boy-friend really loves her!:)
    I suppose these beautiful totems have "heard" the joyful beating of your heart!
    Congartulations to you all!x

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    1. Very romantic and touching. Thanks so much Rossichka

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  17. Whoa! Best wishes! NICE technique from that guy.

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  18. I love the story and the carvings that go with it.
    congratulations and such joy for the future,

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    1. I thought I had better tone the story down with my carvings in case my daughter took fright :-)

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  19. O how romantic. Your family grows. What a blessing.

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  20. What a perfect and original and symbolic proposal. I love it. Awesome totems too. I have always loved your work. Love the heart.

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    1. Thanks Kerri. I have a feeling the nest will appear at many more occasions.

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  21. So original. Wishing the couple every happiness and congratulations.

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    1. Thanks Maya. I will pass the message on.

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  22. ooh!
    What a romantic story - you must be so proud.

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  23. R - great story and great reality. Go well. B

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  24. How sweet is that? I like surprise endings.

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  25. Beautiful. Congratulations to all!

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  26. Robyn, How beautiful and thoughtful. Congratulations to all of you.
    I love your carvings and I love that bully. xoxo

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    1. Thanks Annie. The Bully is getting quite a lot of attention.

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  27. Oh, standing up and applauding loudly!!! clappy clap happy dance!!!!!

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  28. Perfect. Nothing quite like happy faces in the rain. Congratulations to all, particularly romantic son-in-law-to-be.

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  29. So beautiful and romantic! Congratulations to your daughter and future son-in-law.

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  30. You had me from the first word. Wonderful story. And so good to see some of your totems here too!

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  31. How gorgeous!! Congratulations!!

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  32. I am always so drawn by your carved totems Robyn and just love them. I could never tire of admiring them! And, congratulations on your precious news. K x

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    1. Thanks so much Kim. I'm happiest carving big totems but I must say I'm enjoying the smaller ones at the moment.

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  33. I LOVE these!! Congrats on your exciting news!!! :)

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  34. Such a clever way to propose...congratulations to the happy couple! New dreams to be dreamed!!

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    1. I though he was very clever to come up with the idea.

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  35. what a lovely way to pop the question! plotting and planning comes next! relax have fun with it!

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    1. Plotting and planning and slight overwhelm.... but yes I must relax and have fun with it.

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  36. How wonderful! Something similar happened around here recently with my son and his (now) fiancé.

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    1. Exciting times. Congrats to you all Leslie.

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  37. Great totems! Wonderful work! Love your work.

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  38. goosies
    and chills
    up and down
    all around
    oh my
    a nested promise
    smiling wide
    so happy

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  39. Oh Robyn, congratulations to you and your daughter... what a beautiful way to propose!!!

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    1. Thank you Laura. It really was beautiful!

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  40. First, best wishes to the happy couple and new addition to your family... and your totems are wonderful.

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  41. Oh, what a good family story....congratulations to the happy couple!

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  42. Oh Robyn, how beautiful are your carvings and your story. You've made me smile! Happy November to you!
    roxanne

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  43. How completely and positively joyful!

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  44. Wonderful way to propose, and congratulations to you all!!

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