y folk-art animals have been begging me to venture out into the world and so, this week, it finally happened. I love the thought of leaving random illustrations for people to find and have turned this idea over in my head for years – honestly, YEARS. The thought of strangers stumbling upon a little piece of joy makes my heart sing. (I’d love to live in a world where I came across love notes and encouragement on a regular basis while out and about…so I’m starting with me.) I’m calling it Post for Peace.
This little mouse seemed like the perfect creature to debut this new venture:
You may recognize that quote – it’s a rift on one of my favorites from H. Jackson Brown, Jr.: “Life is slippery. Here, take my hand.” The holidays are a notoriously tough time for so many people. I don’t want to forget that, in the midst of my joy and happiness celebrating with the ones I love, there are so many who are missing someone deeply. There are people struggling with finances, suffering from depression or cancer or the loss of a job, or a million other heartaches that become that much more acute during this time of year.
It can be a slippery time.
Here, take my hand.
I used washi tape to put the little tutu mouse on a map by one of the Metromover stops in Miami. (The Metromover runs through downtown…if you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, you may remember that I had a hilariously bad experience on it last year due to my lack of finesse with public transportation.)
I hope someone saw this tutu-wearing mouse and felt a little less alone.
If the holidays are feeling slippery for you, know that I’m sending out prayers. You are lovely and you are loved.
Hang in there, friend.
This is soooo nice, Grace and a great idea! I hope the perfect lonely person finds this little mouse and discovers some cheer. Good for you.
Thanks! I hope a person in need of a boost found it too. :) You’ll have to help me brainstorm more ideas for animals to post!
Grace, this is exactly perfect! We recently lost our good friend Nancy, my coworker had a devastating stillbirth, and we are coming up on the anniversary of my sister’s death. I love the holidays, but you are right, they can be slippery. Thanks for spreading the joy!
Caitlin, I’m truly sorry to hear about all those hard things – so many difficult events to grapple with. I hope that you were able to find pockets of joy along the slippery path. It was a treat to see you for a moment a few days ago! (albeit briefly) xoxo