Thursday, August 20, 2009

a gift


A few days ago when T. was mowing the yard, he noticed our neighbor, Helen, standing at the fence flagging him down. After he stopped the lawnmower and headed over, she handed him a tiny post-it booklet (pictured above) and told him that she had made it for me. "I know she is very busy," she said, "and I want her to have this gift."

Now, for those of you who know me, you can imagine my reaction when T. passed along my little present and the story behind it. Not only was I enamored by the sheer cuteness of it all, but I was also struck by how well Helen has read me over the past few years via simple conversations over her lilac (or snow, depending on the season)-covered fence.

I am grateful to Helen for many reasons, especially for reminding me just how special handmade gifts are. Knowing that someone took the time to think about you, then sit down and actually make something for you, is humbling...and a greater gift than the gift itself.

5 comments:

Momya Rogers said...

This is truly a wonderful gift...of friendship, caring and kindness...=D Soak it all in...
did ya cry a bit??? I would have.

Tom said...

to add a little context to this story, helen is the sweetest little old lady (probably in her 70s?). everytime i am outside in the yard she comes over to say hello. she always says hi to indiana and daisy. and she always asks how kitty is doing, and makes sure that i always tell kitty hi for her. she always then apologizes for her grandson, and his loud banging on his drumset. she's an absolute treat.

peas n' honey said...

that is the sweetest thing! inspires my day!

Maggie said...

That is so very cool, I've always wanted to have an older lady friend like that :)

Carly said...

I love hearing the stories of yours and Tom's life together..... every little bit is so special! xoxo