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Archive for May 15th, 2006

A Day of Gifts

Monday, May 15th, 2006

It’s not my birthday but I had a day full of gifts. Breakfast was the last little bit of Rhubarb crisp I made from rhubarb my mother gave me. Lunch was squash soup made from scratch (even the chicken broth was homemade) by my friend April. When I went to work, a student who is originally from India, gifted me with two beautiful outfits from India (long tunic/dress with pants underneath that match, and one has a very large matching “scarf” as well).

And then I called my friend Altu after work and she invited me over to her home. She made me wonderful black tea with spices like they make in Ethiopia, and some fresh beets with carrots and beet greens, and spices as only she can do.

There was a time when I thought I could not be someone’s friend unless I always gave them more than they gave me. I’ve learned over the years that if someone wants to give me something, the appropriate response is to say thank you and cherish the caring that is inside the gesture… even more perhaps than the actual gift.

Today I feel blessed with my relationships. The gifts just are the outside obvious part of my new life. Where I have people who care… and sometimes I give and sometimes they do, and nobody keeps score.

It is wonderful to be me, today.