After a long search, she finally found him. The king's royal clothes were in tatters and his toes poked out of his boots. Yet his eyes glittered with joy and his laugh was wonderful and thunderous.
The quiltmaker unfolded the king's quilt from her bag. It was so beautiful that hummingbirds and butterflies fluttered about. Standing on tiptoe, she tenderly wrapped it around him.
"What's this?" cried the king.
"As I promised you long ago," the woman said, "when the day came that you, yourself, were poor, only then would I give you a quilt." The king's great sunny laugh made green apples fall and flowers turn his way.
"But, I am not poor," he said. "I may look poor, but in truth my heart is full to bursting, filled with happy memories of all the happiness I've given and received. I'm the richest man I know."
"Nevertheless," the quiltmaker said, "I made this quilt just for you."
For two dear friends on the occasion of their marriage (albeit a tad late). Congratulations to some kindred spirits…we look forward to all of the goodness and light you will bring to the world.