12 hours away from home, in a basement dorm room, with 3 other girls I didn't know, placed together by the college. It was one of the craziest years of my life. And the strangest part of it all, was Charlotte. Charlotte was one of my 3 roommates, and she was definitely peculiar. Oh, the stories I could tell! OK...I'll just tell a couple...
We went to a very conservative Christian college, and here is this girl, who would run to the shower naked, using her towel as a cape, shouting, "SUPER CHARLOTTE!" She used to prank call this poor boy, Bob, every time she got a cold because she sounded like a crazy old man, but she called it her "sexy voice." And she had this stuffed Ernie (you know...like Bert and Ernie) doll that would suspiciously start singing at 3:00 am. (((Needless to say, Ernie had some surgery to remove his batteries pretty early in the semester!))) HAHAHA! I can laugh about it now, but really, we could barely stand each other then.
I don't know how it happened, but after we left school, we became pretty close, talking on the phone a couple times a month. She was a single, wild-child radio DJ, professing her undying love for every musician she met (HA!), while I was busy getting married, becoming a nurse, and having kids. But, despite our differences, and her crazy radio DJ lifestyle, big moves to California, Arkansas, then Florida, we have kept in touch. And this girl who used to drive me crazy, became one of my dearest friends!
Then, in just two short years, Charlotte lost her job, moved back home, broke up with her boyfriend, reconnected with her high school sweetheart, went back to school, got married, bought a house, and got pregnant. (I told you...she's crazy! HA!) She didn't want to know the sex of the baby, so she called the baby "Wilbur" from Charlotte's Web, and decorated the nursery with pages from the book, and black white, and baby blue. And in late July, Charlotte and her husband, Justin, welcomed Andrew into their family.
So, I knew that I needed to make Andrew (a.k.a. Wilbur) some piggy love for his nursery. I scoured the web for a cute piggy picture that I could embroider, and found the cutest little piglet drawn by illustrator, Aaron Zenz. (Check out his newest book - Chuckling Duckling. It's so cute!)
Welcome to the world, Andrew!!!!
(((P.S. Thanks to Aaron Zenz for allowing me to borrow his sketch to make this gift for my sweet friend!)))