The next assignment was perfect on time:
"WHAT REALLY MAKES YOU TICK ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONE? WHAT DO THEY DO TO GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE HAPPY AND THAT YOU HAVE A GREAT DAY?"
I hate cold mornings. I just never want to get out of my bed on days like that. Yesterday morning Misho went out in the cold to get a real big favor done for me, and he came back an hour later with this cute martenitsa stork. I was grumpy and angry at the weather, but when I saw it in his hand I felt lifted and my face smiled.
Unbelievable how a simple little thing can make a gray day look niiice :)
Happy Baba Marta, everyone! :))
...and let me explain a little for those who are not familiar with this tradition...
Bulgarians are very superstitious and they obey many traditions. This is one of my favorites.
On the first day of March Bulgarians exchange martenitsas - an amulet made of red and white threads, that we usually wear pinned on our clothes, near the collar, or tied around the wrist as a symbol of good health. March is the month which puts an end to winter and marks the beginning of spring. There is an old legend that says there used to be an old lady with rapid mood swings. We call her Baba Marta (baba=grandma), and by wearing martenitsas we ask her for mercy and an early spring time.
The tradition calls for wearing the martenitsa until the person sees a stork or a blooming tree. The stork is considered a harbinger of spring and as evidence that Baba Marta is in a good mood and is about to retire.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martenitsa)
Nikon D700, 50mm.
This little friend is actually not so little and therefore it's not intended to be worn on clothes or body, instead we put it on the front door as a seasonal decoration, and I really like it better than my neighbours' ;D