It was my boyfriend's mom's birthday and I noticed she colleced these angel figurines. I went to the store and bought her one and she was so excited when she opened it. A few days later I went to visit my aunt who had been battling cancer for 13 years and had taken a turn for the worse. My family took turns spending time with her, helping to take care of her, and just enjoying time with her. I noticed she had a whole bunch of Willow Tree angels as well and I told her how I had just bought one. I noticed she had this big one with blue on the dress and it was gorgeous. I said "Wow where did you get that one!" and she said, "Don't touch it! I had to track that one down and it took me months to get it, it's my favorite one." Sadly my aunt passed just two days before my birthday and it has now turned into 4 months later. My cousin called and said she was giving away some of the Willow Tree angels and we could pick one if we liked, but the blue "Shine" angel was off limits, which I sadly understood and agreed. Today when I got home from work my boyfriend's mom told me she had a surprise for me. She handed me a box and explained she was in the mall, saw the Willow Tree angels, thought of my aunt, then saw a spark of color. Never had she seen one with coloring before except for the picture I sent her of my aunt's. There was one left and she knew it was a sign from my Aunt Cindy and she bought it for me. Now I have my own collection of Willow Tree Angels, "Loving Angel" which is my Aunt Cindy's and "Shine" from my boyfriend's mom because she knew how much it meant to me because it was my Aunt's favorite and we were very close. Thank you for sending me a small memory of my sweet aunt when creating this beautiful angel. It means the world to me.
Recently I was offered a new job within my company which meant I would be leaving my current office and relocating to one nearby. I have always found there are connections made with people you work with every day. One co-worker describes it as 'One Big Disfunctional Family' that still respects and cares about each other. I was buying thank you cards for my co-workers and stumbled upon a Willow Tree display at the store I was at. My eyes immediately went to 'Shine'. The raised hand reminded me of always reaching for new knowledge and in the last few years or so I have made personal strides personally and emotionally. I feel more like I am coming into my own more than ever! My co-workers gave me a generous card with some money and gifts. I had one stipulation with my gift - spend it on myself. They knew I was thinking of what I could get for my daughter or other family members, or to pay on a bill. I remembered the statue and it was perfect. 'Shine' made me smile; it reminded me I truly can do anything I set myself to and that there are people there to help me achieve my goals. I shine because I am enriched by everyone I know.
I was recently diagnosed with relapsed leukemia, and while browsing my local Hallmark store for a thank you gift for my caregiver, I spotted Shine. She perfectly embodies the "tadaaaa" persona of my three year old down to the same hair cut and color. The blue on the dress even matches her eyes. I had to have her- it was like she was created just for me! I have countless photographs that I will hang in my hospital room, finger paintings and crayon drawings, but none capture the spirit of my girl quite like this piece. I'll have her right at my bedside in the hospital when I can't have my daughter with me.
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.