I had never met the guy who showed up, yet he seemed like a familiar old friend. I had often read about him to my children and to the children at school.
The Velveteen Rabbit has always been one of my favorite books, but I never dreamed that one day I would have the opportunity to entertain the main character for lunch. So what to do?
I decided on a picnic lunch, and I first offered him a nice salad of mixed greens. It was quite to his liking.
He had more than one helping. I was honored.
I then offered my most tender young day lily sprouts.
They were a hit with my little friend. Alas, I had no cakes or pies baked for dessert. I should have not despaired, for his nose was drawn to the fragrance of the purple mandevilla.
He topped off lunch with a light dessert of mandevilla blossoms.
I must say, today's guest was quite unexpected, but he was the most delightful visitor I've had in a while.
Good-bye old friend, come back again real soon.