Sometimes you can trawl through social media, scrolling past the same adverts and overused images, but once in a while, you happen upon someone fascinating. Someone shines out from the drudgery of automated spam and retweet chains and gives me a wave. I’ve been lucky to meet many talented people in this way, artists, writers, photographers, poets and craftsmen, people whose work initially caught my eye but then we became friends. Is ‘friend’ the right word in this weird world of social media? I will never meet you in real life, yet we share interests, the same humour, I admire your creative skills and we support one another’s endeavours. Wherever you live in the world, I can pop in and visit, browse round while you sleep and leave you a message to find when you wake. You keep me entertained in those quiet moments in between real life. However you choose to label these cyber relationships, I think of you as my friends and cherish the people I’ve met on here.
I met the charming Alan Prince by chance on Twitter as he dropped into a conversation asking if there was room for a prince in my magical land. Of course there’s always room for a prince in my fairy tales! I’ve since featured his amazing sculptures in a few blog posts and I’ve come to consider Alan a good friend. A while ago, he politely asked me for my date of birth. A strange request but I trusted he had good reason. A couple of weeks later I received a surprise package in the post, my very own Made by a Prince sculpture, a little money spider.
I instantly fell in love with her and named her Charlotte after another special spider from my childhood. Charlotte came with a note, promises of a story of her creation. I immediately contacted Alan to thank him and inform him of Charlotte’s safe arrival. I was also intrigued to know her story…
The story of the 1972 coin is… I have a large collection of coins, old shillings and sixpences as well as the range of coins after decimalisation, so I went into my cupboard and searched through them over and over but couldn’t find one! When I Googled ’72 coins I found out there were none circulated in that year, so… as rare as yourself, I managed to get a proof coin minted for collectors.
How cool is that? I feel very honoured to now own such a rare sculpture, not only for its beauty but for the thought and feeling that went into its creation. It was such a lovely gesture of friendship from a kind and caring man.
Thank you Alan my friend!
My money spider has now found a new home to spin her web, bringing good luck to all who cross her path. She hangs proudly in my living room, a little reminder of the kindness of others.
If this post has made you smile, help to spin a web of happiness. Go do a good deed for someone, a kind word or friendly gesture and make someone else smile too. Even the smallest of gestures may change someone’s day, casting ripples…
If you would like to see more of Alan’s work, please visit his website: