This is how happy I was to find a notice from the post office that my package from Arzu had arrived!
After a hard day of working with hormonal thirteen-year-olds, it was just the pick-me-up I needed.
Arzu's show and tell items included her favorite book, her favorite recipe (have to try this!), a bandanna from her former university engineering department, a 20-sided gaming die, and a small rug from Azerbaijan (where she worked as a volunteer English teacher).
For stationery, she made a variety of cool cards. She swears this is her first time making her own, but they turned out great! One set is pretty Asian papers, another is origami animals she folded, and the third set is abstract.
Arzu also sent a variety of small items, like a puzzle eraser, a vanilla-scented stuffie (now hanging on my craft lamp), a magnetic picture frame she made, beads, a disk of photos, some cool handmade knitting needles (more dice!), a notepad, and she even threw in some grow-your-own insects for my kids. They say THANKS TONS, by the way. We already have grown some sort of flying insect.
Also cool is that Arzu wrote about half of her letter in Russian, which she's studying. I'll need to practice improving my grammar to write her back.
Thanks again, Arzu!