So, perhaps, you have heard of the old tradition of “First Footing at New Year’s, but have you heard of ‘First Mailing’. It’s unlikely that you have since I just invented it, in the excitement of receiving my first mail of 2014. It was hand-delivered to my door at 10.30 a.m. by our postie on his eco-friendly bicycle . He doesn’t usually deliver mail to my door, unless the post needs a special signature and this mail did need my autograph…..because….. it was a VIP package all the way from BERLIN and the wonderful Nath of BEAUTYCALYPSE.
Nath had her first ever ‘ethical’ giveaway last year and I was the winner. 🙂 🙂 🙂 Nath tried her best to get the prize to me by Christmas but, obviously, the postal services thought it better for me to have it for New Year, and I don’t mind a bit.
I am not going to show you what is in the parcel today, ( that will be another post ), but, if you are eager and curious to know, you can have a search on Nath’s blog for the giveaway post 🙂 Have fun! I always do, and I learn something interesting every time I visit her blog.
Yesterday, for example, I learned that we are both Tuesday’s children; remember the old nursery rhyme ~~~~
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
But the child who is born on the Sabbath Day
Is bonny and blithe and good and gay.
This was one of my favourite rhymes when I was very young. I loved to think I was full of grace because surely this meant I would eventually dance across the stage as a beautiful, elegant ballerina….along the lines of my idol Margot Fonteyn. Not even being cast as the boy, Hansel, in our little ballet school’s production of Hansel and Gretel,
or being cast as clumsy Badger in The Wind in the Willows,
could permanently deflate my belief in my essential physical grace-full-ness. It didn’t occur to me, as a child, that ‘full of grace” could have any other meaning than graceful ballet or walking or swimming (and I did swim very gracefully 🙂 ).
As an adult, getting creakier in the body with each passing year, I have come to understand other concepts of grace. I would love my life to be full of those other, *spiritual* concepts, as, I am sure, does Nath. She is already on her way to “grace- full- ness” in her choice to live beautifully and ethically.
In her manifesto, Nath says, “I believe that you can only make better choices by being aware and having access to knowledge. I believe that there’s no beauty without kindness, intelligence, freedom or community.“
Nath’s feet are set firmly on the path of ‘grace-full’, and, because of her choices, a parcel of goodness has made its way from one Tuesday’s child to another; makes me want to dance with joy 🙂 and maybe a little imagined grace as well. Thank You Nath.