Today I was selling my wares at a craft fair in Topsfield, MA. I met lots of nice people but one that stuck in my mind was a young boy, maybe 10 years old, who had a $20 bill tightly gripped in his hand who said he was looking for something to buy for his family. It was probably his whole budget for the fair. He carefully studied all the products and said he really liked my painting of an Emperor Penguin. He was looking at the Emperor Penguin on a trivet. I told him it was $19 and he said "I'll take it!" As I was wrapping it up I thought... maybe he would like (the more expensive) Penguin Clock which I was selling for $25. It was not out on the display so I showed it to him and he said, "Oh yah!! So I said... "Its yours for $20 bucks". He dropped the $20 on the counter and ran off to catch up with his friend. Seeing him run off with the Emperor Penguin was, simply put, the best sale of the day.
When I got home, just in time to watch the NBC nightly news, oddly enough, the nightly "feel good" feature was about "Happy Feet", who was "released into the ocean south of New Zealand today more than two months after he came ashore on a beach nearly 2,000 miles from home and became an instant celebrity". Something like "its all good Karma" struck me. Check out the story below.
Tomorrow, Labor Day, is the last day of the show. So in honor of Happy Feet I dug out all my Emperor Penguin stuff....prints, mugs, pillows, etc. and I think I'll do a little display at the show tomorrow to wish Happy Feet a safe journey. By coincidence I recently picked up the book "March of the Penguins" for free at a library table at a local craft fair and ran off with it too! "What goes around comes around" I guess. Good luck Happy Feet!
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