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I love this gift

of my very own mini bar

from my very-long-time-big-hearted friends

it fits perfectly into la casita

and so do they.

 

“it is the small things in life which count;

it is the inconsequential leak

which empties the biggest reservoir.”

*charles comiskey

*Charles Comiskey  (1859 – 1931), also nicknamed “Commy” or “The Old Roman”, was an American Major League Baseball player, manager and team owner. He was a key person in the formation of the American League, and was also founding owner of the Chicago White Sox.

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try as he might

my colleague was not able to convince anyone

to steal from him

or trade with him

 for this monstrosity of a white elephant gift 

that he randomly chose

at our faculty holiday party

it was as huge as a shield, very heavy, and not the most beautiful

(even said on the back that it was microwaveable,

but would not come anywhere near fitting

into any microwave i’ve ever seen,

and was edged in metal)

but we did laugh about it the entire time

and that is certainly worth something. 

‘the manner of giving is worth more than the gift.’      

-pierre corneille

open it.

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apparently i have a bit of a reputation for opening my gifts early.

how bad is it when my sister thinks

i may get overexcited

and try to intercept a delivery at the post office?

i’m not worried,  she’ll never know…

p.s. if she happens to be reading this,

i’d just like to say for the record 

that it was already a little bit open when i found it.

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

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leslielane.com

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

mainzer cats

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





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