Hi - My name is Beth, and I have grown up with your figurines all my life. I was in kindergarten when my mom first discovered your work; she bought one for our family after my younger sister had just been born: the New life figurine. I remember loving that figuring but being jealous I wasn't a part of it. A few days later my mom bought a single figure for me that knelt - almost appearing to look over at the baby - and our little family was complete. We moved around a lot and our willow tree family moved with us, ever so carefully packaged and lovingly displayed as a centerpiece of our home. Our tradition grew - and willow tree families became my mom's typical wedding gift. She loved shopping for the perfect fit - each time giving a unique figurine. My family is spread across the country - and your figurines are in every home. Bear with me - I know this is a little long but it's so important and honestly it's a pretty good story. My mom missed my 8th grade graduation because she was working 2 jobs to support our family. At this point - my dad had become emotionally abusive to us - and stopped working. I'll never forget though when she was about to leave - she handed me a box. You guessed it, a willow tree figurine. It's called Close to Me, a gift that brought me to tears, and that still sits proudly on my bookshelf even now: in my sophomore year of college. A few years later - my mom was physically abused by my father. It tore our family apart - it's a ridiculously long story - but all I'll say is that it was a hard time for all of us and I remember distinctly the day my mom quietly put away the willow tree figurine with my dad in it...leaving only my sister's and mine lonely on our mantle. My mom is the most incredibly selfless and strong person - and such an amazing single mom. This isn't really my story honestly, it's more the story of a woman who learned how to stand on her own and support two daughters who will never really be able to repay her. My mom and my little sister will be moving into the first home they've ever lived in without my dad sometime this summer - and with Mother's Day coming up, and knowing I wanted to get her something meaningful, something to show our smaller family in a positive way...I thought this could be an incredible way of making this new home a little brighter and stronger. A willow tree family would be an incredible way to do that, and I would love to see our family back up on the mantle again where it belongs. I love your pieces - but if I'm being honest I was hoping to ask for a more personalized piece - with a mother and two daughters attached - because I miss the way our family looked all together on the mantle...and I know my mom does too. I'm more than willing to pay for it or pay extra for it. I realize it's a lot to ask, and even though it's a long shot, I hope you understand why I have to at least try. No matter what, your beautiful pieces always made our home a brighter place, and I wanted to share that with you. Thank you. -Beth
I have just bought this for my best friend and her partner who have just had their first baby, a little girl called Phoebe. I hope they love it as much as I do!
It's inpiring for Susan to hear how you feel about your Willow Tree piece. Your personal interpretation is so meaningful... thank you for taking the time to share it.