The little clip was found on a flashdrive inside the box and shows Jeff's adorable (!) son, who wasn't even conceived of when Halfland's blog was begun (!!), mentions that he's collecting the pine cones for Halfland. Such a lovely gesture for Jeff to have thought of this and to send it! I am deeply touched by their kindness. A keeper for always. Thank you, Guys!
It was great fun to get such a surprise in the mail. It had a charm and magic to the gift that feeds the soul. It arrived to my box Wednesday from long time blog-friend, artist & animator, Jeffrey Roché (Ubatuber) in New Orleans. Inside, a handmade wooden curio box's shadowbox lid read, "A tiny gift, picked by tiny hands, for a tiny world."
In its belly, a wee pile of half-inch long little cones that looked just like miniature pine cones, perfect scale for use in the Writing Mouse's house too.
There are a few children now who will have known about Halfland their whole lives. It freaks me out when I realize/think of it. I don't think of it as a children's film exactly, parts of it will be chilling, confusing, distorted, there will be bare half-bodies, etc. I'm making it to express some sort of nearly unconscious idea about folktales and other lands where all creation strives toward greater connected experience. Its premise can go as deep as one would wish it.
But on another level, little things are just plain cute!