The backyard bird sings always now. Even early in the morning. I’m thinking Spring woke her up, not antsy raccoons, not suburban family rustlings. Every year Spring happens, and every year we are a little surprised, despite decades of bulbs, squirrel fights, and trees leafing out yet again.
It would not be wrong to think adventure, today. It would not be inappropriate to imagine a new spring bag, either. Perhaps we shall not see Paris, with Sue, or Vivienne. But we have imagination, and in our mind’s eye we carry Hester van Eeghen’s extraordinary handbags. Designed in Amsterdam, made in Italy, we show them the world. Or perhaps they show it to us.
The Artsy Cousin heads off to SXSW. She takes the train, luxuriating in courteous language and the long slow passing of America. She prefers the Monocle bag, and is surprised to learn that Orange is on trend. Frankly, she’s not even quite sure what on trend means. We tell her, “Depends on the incarnation.”
The Grande Dame flies first class to Vienna, Harmonica in hand. She may never, as my mother said once, see Finland again – but to Vienna she returns. It’s her spiritual home, what with the waltzing, the palaces, and heiße Schokolade mit Schlag on every corner. If that isn’t a voluptuous way to say hot chocolate with whipped cream I turn in my verbal hijinks card, unused.
The Sturdy Gal guts out her 30-hour flight to Kenya in coach, trusty Custard under the seat in front. Rule follower. She just can’t justify splurging on travel luxury. What’s all that sturdiness for, after all? But elephants are elephants, and she will remember the coughing of lions.
I neglected to tell you something important. These stories not imaginary. At least not the bag part. Debby, who runs the US arm of Hester van Eeghen, has agreed to award the Grande Dame’s bag to a Privilege reader.
- Go directly to the Hester van Eeghen Facebook page. It’s right here.
- “Like” it. For anyone who has not yet seen Facebook, that means click the little thumbs up icon. Probably I didn’t need to explain, but this part is required.
- Find the email opt-in in the mustard yellow rectangle in the middle of the page. Sign up. The woman is building a business, and our simple thank you for the generous offer is to help her do so.
- Come back here and tell me you’re in, so I can make sure we know which new fans and email listees come from Privilege. The Harmonica is available in purple, red, pink, or lime, with the second side always in black. Choose your color.
Unfortunately, since this is a US endeavor, the opportunity is open to residents of the US and Canada only.
That’s it. For extra credit, post about this on your blog, or Tweet it, or Facebook it, also directing people to the Hester van Eeghen USA Facebook page, and the email list. Debby and I will choose the winner on Wednesday, March 14th. And have a very happy weekend.
The only exchange of goods involved will be the Harmonica, making its way to your house. The beautiful snow-covered picture of Vienna, BTW, is from our own Paula’s blog. For more beautiful pictures, go here.