For those of you who don't know the story, I originally saw the painting on artist, Cori Berg's Facebook page. The moment being shared between the mother swan and the "ugly duckling" really captured me, and because the cost of the painting was out of my reach, I had a thought--a crazy but possibly workable thought--to ask people who would normally either buy me a present or send me a card to contribute.
It became such a fun thing to look each morning to see if the meter had moved--and for people to message me to let me know when it did just in case I'd missed it.
I can't tell you how much it means to me that my friends went in together to make this happen. Well, it did. And is one of the best birthday gifts of all time.