Mischief Maker : Everyday Treasures

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For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
-Matthew 6:21
...it was like any other seaman's chest on the outside, the initial "B" burned on top of it with a hot iron and the corners somewhat smashed and broken as by long, rough usage...
...the miscellany began - a quadrant, a tin canikin, several sticks of tobacco, two brace of very handsome pistols, a piece of bar silver, an old Spanish watch, and some trinkets of little value and mostly of foreign make, a pair of compasses mounted with brass, and five or six West Indian shells.  I have often wondered why he should have carried about these shells with him in his wandering, guilty and hunted life...
- Robert Louis Stevenson
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Mischief Maker

by Lisal Kayati Roberts on 03/17/10

"No matter what happens, always keep your childish innocence, it's the most important thing."   -Signora Ragazzi, from the movie, Under the Tuscan Sun

I'm not sure who is more enchanting, the sweet-faced boy perched jauntily on a Bavarian fence or the plucky raven jabbering at him from above. This small enduring tale is told and retold without a word.  Carved postures and painted expressions capture the universal spirit of childhood.  We can easily enter the scene created by a Hummel and be transported into a child's world. We feel the excitement and wonder of that moment as if it were our own.  It is brilliant and timeless.  No wonder these little porcelain vignettes are so collected and cherished.

Mischief Maker. This is the only Hummel I own.  1960 is carved on the bottom. The birthday of its creation.  It was once owned by a collector. Then it was inherited by my dear friend.  She wanted me to share in her family's gift - so she chose this precious little gem just for me. What a journey it has had already!  Someday I will pass it on to one of my children or grandchildren. Who knows how long it will live on or where in the world it will make its debut again and again.

Mischief Maker.  I smile at the name of this little Hummelkind ( my own word, I think)I know my treasured friend chose this little boy and his avian companion because it reminded her of me.  I have been surrounded by boys all of my life.  I am of German descent.  I am known to stir up a little mischief now and again.  The raven speaks to me on so many primal levels - his is a spirit that embodies playful behavior, intelligence and adaptability.  The raven is revered the world over.  He is a central character in almost every culture.  The raven represents a prophet, a trickster, a creator God, even a shadowy translator between the living and the dead. 

This treasure tells me something different everytime I look at it. As my life changes and I grow and morph within its boundaries I realize my perspective toward the little scene it depicts changes also.  But above all things, it represents an enduring friendship.  Thank you, Pam, for loving me enough to share this treasure with me.  Let's make a little mischief...



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