kindness, like a boomerang, always returns. ~author unknown

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this summer

i’ve so enjoyed

spending time

at home

in my cozy little cottage

with

family and friends and animals

and

thinking back

to

last summer

when

i set off

on

a long journey

to see my family

in their home

so far away

and when

i returned

and walked in

i was

left

speechless

when i found

what was waiting for me

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on my table

was a basket

of fresh peaches

and muffins

and notes

welcoming me home

and

they were

filled with

so much

love and caring

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a surprise gift

had been

given to me

by my dear friends

who

in my absence

 had

completed many projects

i had been talking about

for a very long time

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they had planned it all

and worked together

for weeks

husbands, wives, children

to make

my cottage

even more of

a home for me

they had

clipboards

and shifts

and materials

and money

and sweat

and tools

and time

and hard labor

and they

asked

my daughters

for my

colors

and ideas

and wishes

and dreams

and most of all

what i saw

when i walked in

was

an incredible act

of

human kindness

and

i

couldn’t believe

what they had done for me

and

i cried

and

my daughter

said

‘mom, all of your stories end with you laughing or crying or sometimes both’

and

isn’t that the way

 all things should end?

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you can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

~john wooden





image credits: leslielane.com, mainzercats

61 responses »

  1. I LOVE this post and the beautiful gifts your friends gave to you. Clearly, the most beautiful gift of all is that they are in your life. It speaks volumes as to the beauty of your heart and spirit that you would have such friends.
    Russ

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  2. This was a wonderful gift of listening, action and love given to their good friend, Beth! Your daughter was so sweet to help out, with a key, maybe? I cannot believe they listened so closely they had your colors all picked out, too! Love all the special words and tribute you gave them in this poem. I am sure this was very much WELL Deserved!!

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  3. And now, two-thirds through my Beddian Birthday year, I have heard of the best gift ever.

    Your friends and daughters teamed to give you the present of a lifetime.

    And the way you write of their love and sweat and achievement in your post today, I shall remember it forevermore.

    My hat’s off to their thoughtfulness and your gratefulness and storytelling ways, Beth.

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  4. lovely

    we are like polar opposite humans, at least I’m part human.

    My summer’s been busy, with some cool highlights but mostly disappointment. Now, I want muffins.

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