We received this very touching message today. Warning! I can't read this without weeping a little:
Something pretty special happened on the weekend.... Our friends Andrea, Liam, Asha and Hugo dropped off a very very special gift for our little family... A gift that has taken our breath away...a gift that has made us smile at a pretty difficult time..a gift that helps us feel a little closer to our nearly two year old boy x
In a corner of our lounge we now have a little blue door. An angel door. This special angel door is just for our Samuel...he can leave messages for us and even pop in for those times when we need him a little bit more... It's also a place where we can leave messages for him x Maia is in love with it (as are we) and chose this spot for it, underneath his photo.
Andrea and Liam.. AND the amazing Karin and Steve from imagination doors, we LOVE our little blue door Thank you, a million thank yous x You have done what we thought was impossible... Brought our gorgeous boy a little closer to home xxx
(Our 8 month old son Samuel Nalder passed away in June last year from brain cancer... it's his 2nd birthday this week so your door was timed perfectly)
Not all doors we make end up with photos on Facebook.
We recently were asked to make a special door for a special family, to help them with something difficult. We decided to make the door and donate it as well. It just seemed like the right thing to do.
It's events like that which really help us realise that the doors we make and send off to their new homes are not only played with by their new owners, but in some cases those doors also help make a real difference to the family.
Sometimes it's to help provide an incentive for good behaviour (Keep your room clean and maybe the fairies will bring you something). Sometimes it's a learning tool (writing letters to the fairies for writing/reading practice).
And sometimes it's something a little bit more. The doors become a symbol, almost a talisman. Maybe they are designed to remind people of the old country, maybe they incorporate family values, much loved traditions.
Essentially, they provide a tangible way to engage with ideas and memories. Abstraction becomes materialised.
We send out these doors daily. We don't always know what happens to them, but every now and then people share warm and special little stories with us., which move us, sometimes to tears.
We feel pretty lucky that we get to be part of people's lives in this way.
Thanks for letting us.
Karin and Steve
Stephen and Karin