Every so often you receive a gift that is perfect. The gift that is unexpected and brings a huge smile to your face. You know….the one that you just grin when you think of it.
A few weeks ago my sister messaged me and asked for my shoe size. Being a trusting person, I told her and then asked if I could know why she needed that information. The answer I received was a short, firm “No”.
My husband and I puzzled over that one till we got a phone call the other night, asking if we were busy. Our answer was “Nope, come on over”. My house was not really visitor ready. I had nothing for lunch…. but, hey….this was family and they have to love you….no matter what.
So I scrambled to straighten the rooms they would see and put some box brownies in the oven. Of course, the brownies did not turn out like they should…but, once again….this was family and you know the thought….they have to love you.
When my sister and brother-in-law arrived, she was carrying a white box which she handed to me. When I opened the mystery box …..there was a pair of the brightest yellow gardening wellies I have ever seen. They were also covered with chickens! They were amazing.
Of course, I immediately tried them on and they were perfect. I felt like a grade school kid, standing there looking down at my brand new boots. They are so shiny, yellow and full of chickens. What is not to love? My husband tells me that everyone should own something that makes them feel like a kid. I think he is right on that one.
I wore them doing my chicken chores this morning. And yes, I also wore a huge smile. They kind of make me want to go find a mud puddle to jump in……
I once heard on the radio that a true gift is something that you give expecting nothing in return. I believe I have just been the recipient of a true gift. These wellies are so much more than just boots. They are the blessing of family, the blessing of having someone who really knows you and still loves you.
I will be wearing these boots, hopefully, for a long time. I have a feeling that every time I put them on I will think of my sister. I am very sure I will be smiling. I think I will also have a slight lump in my throat because they will also remind me of the blessing.
When I look at my boots they will make me remember to be on the lookout for how I can pay it forward and bless someone else. I am learning that blessings can come in many different forms. Sometimes they are bright yellow and have chickens on them.
Give away your life;
you’ll find life given back,
but not merely given back
—given back with bonus and blessing.
Giving, not getting, is the way.
Generosity begets generosity.”