Well, the emotional gifts I have received this year in the form of compassion, love, friendship and support are so rich and powerful, however, the blog has been a little “heavy” lately, so I’m going to go with memorable tangible gifts today.
One of the first things that came to mind as I read the prompt this morning was, the bread maker. My dad gave me one years ago that I used all of the time, but after about 10 years and several moves it stopped working — that was 15 years ago. I really got a bee in my bonnet about wanting one again and in the weeks before Christmas Matt and I were shopping at Macy’s where we saw a lovely Bella Cucina model on sale — over 50% off. I also had discount cards for Macy’s so we put the bread maker on the register and whipped out the Macy’s card and discount coupon. It’s considered an “electronic” so the coupon didn’t work. We paid for it anyway, walked out of the store and had buyer’s remorse. After all, it was the season for buying presents for other people. We walked back into the store (to a different register so as not to be completely embarrassed) and returned it.
A few weeks later I was out shopping with my friend and laughing about the story when we saw the stack of bread makers still in Macy’s. After that I let it go. I didn’t NEEEEEEEEEED a bread maker, it was just a want. On Christmas evening when my friend and her family came over for dinner and a gift exchange I opened a rather large present — inside was the bread maker. It nearly brought me to tears because my friend had really listened and then surprised me beyond any anticipation. I am so blessed to have her in my life — and not just because of the bread maker.
It’s moments like this that make gift-giving and receiving so fun. I love nothing more than to hear someone talk about something they love and find a way to surprise them with it. As I write this I am overwhelmed with two other items that did just that for me this Christmas. Last December I commented to my sister, Jodi, that my dream is to one day have a Christmas where every present under the tree is wrapped in shiny metallic paper festooned with ribbons and bows (I do love Martha Stewart). At Thanksgiving Jodi surprised me with several rolls of shiny paper and a box of ribbon, bows and decorations. I was floored. I mentioned my dream in passing and she gave me the tools to make it happen. I know it sounds silly, and it wasn’t the paper itself that touched me so deeply, it was that she listened and remembered. It would have been enough if she just brought up that discussion and talked with me about it, to provide the tangible goods was icing on the cake.
And perhaps the most touching gift I received this year also came from Jodi. My house is for sale, and part of me moving back home to Virginia, is selling this house. It’s been a bit of a struggle, call it the economy, the market or whatever you want, but what I know to be true is that I’m “pinching off” my creative flow around it somehow. Jodi has tolerated my “woo-woo” talk for years, never criticising. She has been very open to my discussions about how thoughts create, and on Christmas morning I opened a framed picture of my house with the word “SOLD” written in several languages all around the matting. This picture now sits prominently on my buffet reminding me every day what it will feel like to sell the house. Again, this simple gesture touched me so deeply because the gift was a reflection of who I am. She took the time to think about who I am and reflect the most positive aspects back to me.
After writing this I am feeling even more blessed. I think I’ll spend some time today contemplating all of the ways people have positively enhanced my life this year. Whether you’re participating in Reverb10 or not, I’d love to hear from you. What gift touched you profoundly this year?