December 6 – What was your favourite gift given and received in 2011?
Who was the recipient, who was the giver? What was it for (an event, holiday or just because)? Was the gift tangible or something else (i.e. support in a hard situation or laughter when it was most needed)?
Earlier last summer, my friend Kim from over at The Deep Old Desk told me to expect something in the mail. I wasn’t sure what it would be but I was excited just the same. It’s not often I receive anything in the mail, even letters. So when my husband walked in cradling a little package in his hands and handed it to me, I knew it had to be from Kim. I just looked at it and admired the box for a moment or two. Seeing Kim’s handwriting for the first time, I got my first real tangible connection to this wonderful, warm and engaging person I’d become friends with online.
As I slowly and carefully peeled away the outer wrapping on the box, I couldn’t even begin to imagine what was inside until I pulled out the card and this little glass jar containing the most beautiful red granules of sand and several tiny, tiny seashells. Even before I read the note, I knew instantly what it was. “Oh my gosh!” I said to my husband. “I can’t believe it! It’s red sand! Kim sent me red sand from Prince Edward Island!” Yes, I remember my reaction exactly. I was that excited. 😀
“Sand from East Point, PEI June 2011” is what the note says at the top. That sand is from the area where Anne of Green Gables takes place – where the author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, of my favorite books lived and breathed at one time. I was speechless. In my hands, I was holding a jar of sand from a place I have long dreamed of going. Someday. Someday.
This jar sits on my desk where I can see it, stare at it and marvel at it daily. It is a constant reminder of Kim, our friendship and as she wrote in the note, “…a way to ground your heart in times of need”.
Indeed it does.