Before anything else, I just wanted to wish you all a blessed Samhain. Hold close the ones you love, and remember well those who have already passed from this world. As the world enters the dark half of the year, gather close to share stories and memories, and soon we’ll return to the light. Brightest blessings, may your lives be filled with warmth, caring, and many wonderful new memories to share in the future.
Now… I want you to say hello to Fairy Berry. The girl was just thrilled when I finally let her see the ponysona costume I’d created for her. As I helped her into each piece, she’d run to the bathroom to see how it looked: and with pants, sweater, two wigs, and ears, that was several trips to check out her reflection. So she was quite happy to show it off while I snapped a few pictures before she headed to school this afternoon. It’s totally adorable on her, and the wings worked just as I’d hoped: they actually flap as she walks, skips, and hops along. 😀
This was such an overwhelming experience in so many ways. If you have a loved one who’s all about Friendship is Magic you have got to find a way to get to one of these live performances. Lily-Ann was so gleefully happy it was just awesome. And seeing her that ecstatic filled me with a ridiculously alarming amount of joy. LOL Like, almost tearfully so.
You can hear Lily-Ann calling to Rainbow Dash, and then encouraging her:
Scroll down to the comments to see the video that is supposed to be here. WordPress is messing up in a major way lately when it comes to embedding youtube clips. The second clip below is working fine, but this one is just coming up as a duplicate of the second. So I’ll paste it into a comment instead. Sorry about the headache.
Only three of the “mane six” made it out to Saskatoon for the shows, but it was still super cool. Okay, I’ll admit, it would have been at least 20% cooler if Pinkie Pie had been here too – after all, it was a little weird having the other ponies do her songs (and changing lyrics from “Pinkie” to “filly”). But we were still super stoked when they did the girl’s and my very favourite song from season one. 😀 And yes, if you watch the video, that voice you hear singing along through most of it is the girl. We know all the words. 😉
All in all? An amazing, unforgettable experience. So worth the hour of sitting on the hard mall floor prior to it starting to ensure we were right at the front. My body was crying, but so was my heart – and my heart was much much louder.
While we were away at the lake, a very special piece of mail came for the kid. While it was a piece of mail I’d been expecting, I hadn’t expected the sender to go so far to make it such a red-letter letter. The community at the MLPTP really is outstanding, and this is just one example of how fabulous people there are to one another (and to us).
Here in Saskatchewan, we haven’t been able to get the new My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic trading cards. One wonderful member of the Trading Post sent me what she called a “pity pack” made up from some of her doubles and triples. And I’ll admit, kid-kid was jealous. So when another member of the TP offered up some cards that she’d gotten that were bent? I quickly asked if she’d consider sending them to Lily-Ann, she happily agreed.
Now, just receiving the bent cards would have been enough to absolutely thrill the girl… but this individual went so far above and beyond, she made Lily-Ann’s week. She sent several extra cards, a couple of cutie mark tattoos, a letter she wrote from the point of view of Princess Celestia, and she did up the envelope as if it had been hand (or hoof) delivered by Derpy herself. I should have recorded the girl digging into everything – her squeals of delight really had to be heard to be believed. And I was so touched that this person, who only knows us online as fellow pony folk, would go through so much trouble to do something special for my girl. It really was an amazing thing to do.
Thank you so much! This was such a sweet and generous thing to do. I know Lily-Ann will never forget the day she received mail direct from Equestria. (((hugs))) Forget 20%, you’re more like 80% cooler than the general pony population! Especially to one absolutely thrilled little girl. 😀