Saturday, December 25, 2010

just good

it was the present i had splurge a bit on....
the one that i hesitated a bit, but went for anyway.

and yeah, it was great great great fun to give.

when i walked in with goodies....snacks for the movie...
general treats...and her christmas present, she protested.

she thought we shouldn't be giving gifts.

it's not a christmas gift, i told her.

and i stood there and looked her in the eyes.

eyeball to eyeball.

'when i figured out we were gonna spend some of the day
together today, i decided i wanted to get you something
that told you how much you mattered to me. i wanted you
to know. and i've never given you a gift that did that
before. so that's what this is.'

she got quiet and looked at me.
she looked pleased.

i went on to tell her how important she's been to me.
and i got choked up, and held her hands.

she told me stuff back. that i mattered to her too.

and then she sat down and opened it.
'it's kinda hard to read, but it says 'soul friends' on it,'
i told her.

and i read the card that explained what a soul friend was.
about how when people bonded deeply their souls blended.

she laughed and said 'well, that's certainly the two of us.'

she held it and thanked me for it, and then tucked it in the
pretty little bag it came in, telling me she'd wear it later.

'you never have to wear it' i told her.
'it's just so you know.'

we chatted a bit, and then snuggled in for a movie.

a commercial came on, and she picked up the box, saying
'i want to look at this again.'

she looked at it, and then slipped it back in the bag.

back to the movie.

another commercial and she slipped it out again.
this time wanting to wear it.

i helped her put it on.

she smiled and i saw her eyes twinkle.

back to the movie....

i was knitting as we watched.
a movement caught my eye.

she was twiddlin' around with it as she watched.
her hand gently goin' back and forth over it.
she was smiling.

i smiled as i looked back at my knitting.

on my way out, i gave her a big hug.
'that's one beautiful necklace,' i said.

she put her hand to it.

and she smiled.

i think she really likes it.

walkin' home, i looked at the gray skies and the quiet
road.

i opened my door to the christmas mess i had left and the
goofy presents layin' around.

and i do believe i have never felt luckier.....

4 comments:

Merry ME said...

OH, TER,
Thanks for sharing this story. It lightens my heart to know that old people don't have to be angry, crotchety and sad.

What a gift you are to this lady, even without the necklace to reminder her. That's what makes it like the cherry on the icing on the cake.

Bless you for your light, your thoughtfulness and generous spirit.

Merry CHristmas

Gina said...

Terri...
This story brought tears to my eyes. You may have given her the necklace, but you gave her sooooo much more. You have such a beautiful heart!

AkasaWolfSong said...

Oh my gosh you have me crying some happy tears over here! What a heartwarming sharing! I can only imagine the immense hearts growing bigger and bigger inside each of you in that moment of gifting...

Bless You!

KT said...

This is beautiful...