Ever since I started playing Mah Jongg, I have met the most wonderful people. Of course, if you are a reader of this blog then you know how much I love my Wednesday Mah Jongg group, the OMs (Original Mahjettes). But as soon as I started writing this blog – almost a year ago! – I have met (whether in person or over the Internet) so many more truly incredible people…people I feel as if I have known for years and with the hope that our friendship will continue for years to come.

One of those people is a woman by the name of Joy Hamilton. On Friday I received a very special gift from Joy, one that I will always cherish. First there was a lovely note that meant the world to me:

Dear Ann, Please accept this small gift as a thank-you for your fabulous blog. I hope it proves to be a Lucky Bamboo pusher for you during your Mah Jongg games. Wishing you all the best with your new book! Your Mah Jongg friend, Joy Hamilton.

After I dried the tears from my eyes (seriously! This really touched me!!) I opened the package and it was the beautiful bamboo pusher (or helping hand, as some people call them) that had been made by Joy’s husband. I am so honored by this special gift and the thoughtful woman who sent it to me. Here it is:


I wish you could see this in person because this picture does not do it justice. It is really a work of art and, as I said in the heading of this posting, I am so lucky…lucky to have all of you out there supporting this blog and sending me your kind words and thoughts, not to mention this fabulous gift!

Ann xxo

14 thoughts on “I AM SO VERY LUCKY…

    1. jonggjoy

      Well you made both of us cry also!
      We are the very lucky ones having you to write this daily blog.
      My husband said, “may you use the Bamboo until it is worn flat!”
      Wishing you All the Best…
      ….have a nice day and do something that brings you ~joy~


  1. Carol Wright

    Ann, your blog brings me so much pleasure – I love it and it is your gift to us. Also, how lovely of Joy to bequest this instrument of good fortune upon you, made by her thoughtful husband. We are all blessed in the knowing of it.
    xo, Carol


      1. Carol Wright

        Hi Ann, I’ve tried contacting Joy through the above address you posted re the beautiful bamboo pushers – but that address was not valid. Do you have another address for her?
        Many thanks,


  2. Judy Isphording

    Ann, I feel lucky to include you among my MJ friends…. even though only by internet. Looking forward to your new book! I’m sure it is gong to be wonderful.


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