One of my favorite Holiday seasons was when I gave these five gifts
November 21, 2020 12:34am CST
Many of you remember the site, Bubblews. Many of you probably, like many of the rest us, have little good to say about how things turned out, as the site deteriorated and was dissolved. HOWEVER... I met many wonderful people at that site, made many friends (many of whom came here), and made many memories. One winter holiday season, I wrote a post that I wanted to send gifts to five people. I did not need to know them, nor was it necessary that they sent me anything. I had to limit it to people in the United States (for the cost of postage reasons), and I left the rest up to chance. I also let them know that the things may not new, but were things that meant something to me. (Note: These next memories are from the top-of-my-head, as I did not record them, when it happened. I think that I am fairly accurate in what I remember, but the finest of details may have left me. This is how I remember it. Any inaccuracies are not intended as such.) Interestingly, of the five who responded (it took a long time for that to happen, and I wasn't sure the experiment was going to work), I knew very little about them, what they liked, or what was needed. I just went on gut instinct. The first person was someone who had recently moved from the south to a cold climate. I set aside a crocheted scarf that I just finished. It was soft and thick, and was made out of the most beautiful pinks and purple colors. Little did I know that she had been given a jacket at her church to keep warm. The colors were of the same and complimentary colors. I nearly cried when I saw the photo she posted. I had already sent the package off before I knew of her receipt of the coat. The second person was someone who I knew for awhile. A teacher and a writer, and a fellow veteran, I had always felt a kinship with this person. I had an antique copy of "Robert's Rules of Order," which is a guide for conducting meetings and making decisions as a group. I knew that I wanted him to have it, and that he would appreciate it on many levels. Later, I found out that he had a special bond to that book from his formative years. He is also a collector of some antique books. It really was as if there was some supernatural connection that brought that gift to the right recipient. The third person was gifted a small crystal nativity decoration that had been mine for a number of years. I wrapped it up in a cosmetic bag. I knew that she would appreciate the collectible, knowing her faith. She also told me that she was in need of of new bag, and would not have to go out to purchase one. The fourth person was someone I did not know at all. I had very little to go on, but I gifted her a beautiful lacy doily that someone had made for me, when I was diagnosed with Neuroendocrine cancer. It was lovely, but not something that I would use, and it had been put away for a couple of years. When she let me know that it had arrived, she was thrilled. It was going to be displayed on the back of the couch. It reminded her of an older family member. I knew it had found the perfect home. Lastly, the fifth person was getting his PhD. I knew that he lived with a family member, and had his own room. Of all the people on my list, I had absolutely no idea what I was to send. I finally decided on a small Christmas ornament. It was of a little Yul Tomte (Christmas elf) that I bought when I was in Sweden. I came to learn later that he had a small Christmas tree in his room, and he collected Santa ornaments. I wonder... How was it that the five gifts that I sent seemed to be the perfect choices? How was it that these particular people agreed to allow me that joy? Would I have a similar experience doing this again? I wonder about these types of things...and more. Photo credit: Pixabay
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Gut instinct never fails. I am sure it was a wonderful Christmas for you as well as for those who received the gifts. I am pretty sure about the name of one of them. I was also on Bubblews, I am just grateful because of the many great people I met there. They were disgusting, but at least I made good friends.
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I would like to do that again, but I find that being able to accept something from someone is often uncomfortable, so people are unwilling to come to you and say I'd like to be a part of that. I hope that that changes within this next 10 days.