love to do last-minute surprise drop-offs of cards and tiny gifts.
“christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.”
-charles m. schulz
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last night when i walked outside
i tripped over a bag left at my front door
it was filled with treats
cookies, candy, and ice cream
(the three c’s, the holy trinity of sweets, cake can be subbed in as needed)
i had no idea who it was from, no note inside, such a great surprise
then i noticed the address
guessed the delivery person had just reversed it
i could go and deliver it myself
tried to imagine who was waiting for it
it was from a parent
who sent it to their child/college student cramming for an exam?
the victim of a recent romantic breakup needing sugar therapy?
a parent who just needed a break and a treat?
a dieter on a sweets bender?
a family waiting for dessert to go with their board game?
a hallmark movie night for friends?
was it a test from the universe
to challenge my recent healthy eating resolve?
cadbury is my favorite chocolate
the cookies aren’t that big
i could eat one spoon of ice cream a day
i had no idea how long it had been out there
no one had knocked
the ice cream was beginning to soften
i felt for whoever was expecting it
called the company on the bag
they said the customer had reordered when it didn’t arrive
they had already sent them out a new bag of treats
i was welcome to eat it or throw it out
i chose a third option
i delivered this unexpected gift to my daughter
at her house in the light of day.
“life is always bringing unexpected gifts.”
how sweet to find this book
sitting outside on the window ledge of a downtown store
on a sunny saturday
just waiting for someone
to pick it up and take it home to read.
gratitude to the book fairies.
“books are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. books are humanity in print.”
-barbara w. tuchman
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.”
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
‘the manner of giving is worth more than the gift.’
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.