Friday, November 4, 2011

~Mittens and a Story~

Once upon a time, there was an island girl who moved to the mainland.

She was used to island ways, and wasn't given a class about mainland customs and necessities (because, she WAS an American, after all).

It was never MORE evident that she lacked mainland winter skills, than when her firstborn was dressed one morning for her first winter day outside.

The puzzled island girl turned the mittens to and fro, marveling at the string that linked the two mittens.

Somehow, she KNEW they were not to be separated, but was at a LOSS as to how to apply them to her firstborn.

Her husband found his daughter with her mittens ON and her wrists "safely shackled" (like a prisoner)...since dangling strings ARE DANGEROUS for a young child.


I won't give her name; it's really for the best.


I mean...


father said, "You can take the girl from the islands, but you can't take the island from the girl." 

Not trying to give island girls a bad name mind you...

I do have some island sisters out there. ;) 

Come on, I bet you have some cultural minefield stories to share-island girl or not.


These mittens on a string should really, REALLY come with instructions for those that don't figure out these things on their own.


3 LITTLE SNOWMEN won't lose their mittens today.

~Have patience with those who don't know how things go~

Appreciate the humor in cultural/regional naivety. ;)


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  1. WOW, Marlena your card is brilliant! :)

  2. Awww. I love these cards!!! Perfectly cute!

  3. First of all ... thanks for your visits to my blog,today and previously! Secondly... I can relate to your story because I'm not living in my country of birth , and are daily exposed to a huge cultural diversity (living in the UAE).Third but definitively not least... I love your cards! ( and I'm a new follower)

  4. First, these cards are entirely way too adorable, i love the soft snowy feel they have. Second, I can't leave without telling you how much I enjoyed reading your story! I just love hearing what inspires people or what they are thinking when they make cards.

  5. Cute story. Love those snowmen and those mittens.

  6. Wonderful cards and story. TFS!
    Cheers, Karen

  7. Adorable Thanky ou cards. Love the way you have the face on the inside.

  8. This is totally cute and creative, Marlena!! Love them to bits! Thanks so much for playing with us at CAS-ual Fridays!!

  9. CUTE!
    Thanks for playing at CAS-ual Fridays!

  10. Your snowman idea is so cute! Enjoyed your story too.

  11. OH MY GOSH!! Could these be any cuter?! I think not!! How super clever and ingenious!! Thanks so much for playing with CAS-ual Fridays!!

  12. Very sentimental work, but i think it need little more work.

    Plastic Cards
    Plastic card printing

  13. Cute cards mom. :3)


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