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« on: December 02, 2011 07:23:57 AM »

Here's the story behind these 3 crocodiles.  I was shopping at JoAnne's Fabric Store one day.  I was by myself, and minding my own business, looking at the fabric.  I found some on sale and went to the cutting board.  The lady behind me in line had a baby boy in the cart.  She commented on how cute the fabric was.  I said, "Thank you, I'm going to make a crocodile out of it."  She said, "Oh wow, my boys would love to have one."  She proceeded to tell me she also had 3yr old twin boys (they were not w/her).  She also told me she was trying to teach herself how to make stuffed animals.  So I said, "I'll make each of your boys a crocodile, just give me your phone number and I'll call you when I'm finished w/them."  Her mouth fell open and she said, "Really?"  I said, "Really."  I didn't know this lady from Adam.  She gave me her phone number, and I finished the crocodiles a few weeks later.  When I called her to tell her the crocodiles were finished, I was a little bit surprised, shocked, and taken aback by what she said.  She said, "Yes, I remember you.  I didn't think you were really going to make them.  I mean who actually does something like that now and days?"  "And, you don't even know me."  We met back at JoAnne's the other day, and I gave her the crocodiles.  She was so excited and tried to pay me.  I told her, "No, I don't want anything for them.  They were a labor of love, and a joy to make.  I got to try out some new ideas."  She also requested my phone number, in case she needed some advice on making stuffed animals.  I hope the boys will love their new friends on Christmas morning, as I was told that is when they will be receiving them.  Santa will be bringing them.  Wink  Enjoy!

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« Reply #1 on: December 02, 2011 07:38:05 AM »

this just shows how taking a lil time to talk to people can lead to 3 really cute crocodiles and a neat story!

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« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2011 07:55:48 AM »

Thank you cat!  Talking to complete strangers is very difficult for me.  I'm a very keep to myself kind of person.  I spend most of my day, every day by myself.  When I worked as a phone reservation agent for Hertz car rental, was the most terrifying job of my life.  But, I like helping, especially kids.  They tug at my heart.  I live by these 3 mottoes: Give more than you take, Be kinder than you have to be, every one is fighting some battle, and Be the little horse w/the bell (a story my sister sent me).
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2011 11:47:52 AM »

What a gorgeous story, and fantastic crocodiles!
You have a wonderful heart, thanks for the inspiration to be kinder  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2011 03:15:07 PM »

gotgrey, what a lovely story! It was so kind and generous of you to do this for her. I bet you made her holiday season and I suspect she'll be paying your kindness forward.

The crocs are AWESOME!!

« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2011 09:48:48 AM »

That is completely awesome. Great story, & the crocs are super cute.

« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2011 10:21:07 AM »

I vote for these because of the spirit of the giving...love the story.   Smiley
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2011 08:30:14 AM »

Digging the croc's AND the backstory! This is what Christmas is all about... and so should the rest of the year :O) I would have been flaggerghasted (sp?) myself should someone have offered such a thing then actually followed THROUGH with it! Yay for happy stranger interaction!!!!! I hope you had a beautiful Christmas.. (How could you NOT with a spirit like yours??)

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