Gifts come in many sizes, shapes and colors. They can from many places or people. Gifts can be received or better yet given away and shared. Today’s challenge is a gift worn, given away and shared. My favorites!!
At our house there is a tradition of Santa Claus gifts. Now, I’m not talking about Santa filling a stocking. While he does that as well, there are times when he will leave gifts under the tree for the adults. Usually, these “Santa” gifts are a joke in response to something silly that happened throughout the year. Like the year my sweet sister-in-law received a tube of Fix-A-Flat after running over a boat anchor earlier in the year. Yeah, THOSE kinds of gifts. So when I saw a Santa gift under the tree this year for ME, I started thinking back over the year to see if I could remember some knucklehead move I made. Not clearly remembering one, I opened the gift with trepidation, shocked to find the most beautiful, soft, homemade knitted scarf in a beautiful oatmeal color. This wasn’t a gag gift after all, but a thoughtful gift from someone who cared enough to make me something so wonderful. I was so completely surprised and moved by this treasured gift. Wearing it wrapped cozily around my neck, reminds me that someone cares enough to have made it for me.
A gift given away was a pair of mittens I made this past December. I worked hard on them, ripping out stitches many times to make sure they were perfect. They were a beautiful dusty blue and had cables on the backs. Every night I worked on them, chatting with my roommate and watching tv. Watching my roommate’s eyes when I handed them to her was a beautiful priceless gift! I just love surprising my loved ones.
So for a gift share, it’s time for sappy, sentimental, gaggy, romantic – Anna plug your ears!!! The first night I went out to eat with Joe, the wonderful guy I am seeing, we shared a burger. What a night! It was silly and romantic, sweet and easy. How is that a gift? It is so different from what I have experienced lately. It has been a long time since I have felt this way and sharing that burger represents all the things we hope to share in the future.