Sometimes a Gift is Just Right
My hobby is giving gifts. When I was a child I liked to give random gifts in order to appreciate someone being my friend. My sister used to taunt me and say, “You have to buy your friends.” That was not it really.
I then started working on finding gifts for people that were “just right” and not giving gifts too often, just when it was the right time and it meant something. Gifts were a new level of connection for me.
My biggest mistake in life is also related to gift giving, I never got paid my worth for any of the jobs I performed. I gave away my talents and expertise so folks decided they did not need to pay me or give me benefits, because I gave my all.
There is reciprocity to gifts and without that give and take, there is no connection. Gift giving can just be an action.
I was determined to teach my children about the give and take of gifts and also the magic of gifts.
This year they came through with awesome success, even though I told them I was only going to feed everyone as my gift.
The top picture is of a knitting bowl. The weight and channel keep the pottery bowl stable and allow the yarn to just be dispensed freely. Not so good on the floor with a new puppy, but on the table next to the chair and pair of socks are coming along nicely. IT Girl found this delight on line and she also spent nearly 5 hours rebuilding my computer. There we were all sharing an afternoon of knitting and using our knitting bowls with ease. Lots of connections here.
Library Girl and Entrepreneurial Girl are both at new jobs so they went together and celebrated new puppy with a gift certificate to the healthy store in town and each brought a treat and a toy. They honored my rules of no human treats for the pup and not on beds and added some tricks like “down”, and “sit” to the routine – not to mention hours of play so I could do all the cooking that was needed.
Connections were made. Just the perfect gifts shared and appreciated – reciprocity.
Here is a big Thank You Hug and Smooch!
Just the right gifts!
Here is the link for Julie Knowles Pottery where the bowls were discovered.
And Mud Bay Pets for Healthy Dogs and Cats.
I am thankful for these connecting gifts; do you have a Just Right Gift story to share? Hope so! I am looking forward to your great comments below.