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!
Donna, our good friend to this blog, commented on the August 1st posting:
Ann, Great post today! Diane G. Commented that I should make the rest into a tablecloth and that she is a quilter. I have made numerous tablecloths for my tables but for Mah Jongg I like something solid colored or I like the sound of the tiles hitting on my oak kitchen table. Diane would probably like to know that I took the quilted jacket I made (it never fit quite right in the arms) and deconstructed it to make a tote bag. The bag is deep and holds the pusher bag without it falling out. The jacket pocket formed a pocket on the back of the tote. Of course, it has my favorite bird on it, a puffin. My mah set even fits in the bag. Feel free to pass this on to Diane please or post however you like. Thanks for a fun blog! Donna
I love seeing the Mah Jongg card peeking out from the pocket! Mah Jongg people are so creative!!!
A dear friend of this blog, Joy Hamilton, sent me the following email and photo:
I‘ve been searching for a pusher to compliment my Mah Jongg tiles and just didn’t want another piece of plastic. My husband made a ‘pusher’ for me (for my Birthday) from a piece of Bamboo! It think it’s fabulous and just had to share it with you.
I look forward to starting my day, everyday, by reading your daily blog. Once again, thank-you for all the hard work you do providing your readers with such great information.
All for now,
How fabulous is this pusher? I just love it, especially the fact that it is made from bamboo. What a perfect complement to Joy’s lovely Mah Jongg set. I warned Joy that I probably will be inundated for requests as to how to purchase one of these – I know I would love a set! And what a fabulous holiday gift these would be!!
Joy…what do you think?! This could be an entire new career for you and your husband!