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An Unexpected Gift
At the end of the party, my mother placed a large box on my lap. I unwrapped the present to discover a stunning baby quilt made in the same distinctive pattern as the quilt my grandmother had made for my mother when I was a child. Then it hit me: My sweet grandmother had made this baby quilt for my baby long before I could even have a child [of my own]. She probably knew as she patiently stitched it that she would never meet the child for whom she was sewing.
I still tear up every time I look at it.
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I played with him until he fell apart, and then I played with him some more. As a musician and father, I knew that was not likely to be a possibility.
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Within minutes, a man messaged me to say he had a first generation Optimus Prime in its original packaging, and that it was mine with one condition: I had to promise to play with it. True to my word, I do often take the Transformer down and play with him. At the end of the weekend, the cousins gave me a bracelet. But before they actually gave it to me, each one held the bracelet and told me one thing that they loved about me.
When the bracelet made it around the family circle and back to me, each of them had blessed the bracelet with their love for me. When I wear it I am strengthened by their love. Two is ten. My husband often traveled on business for long stretches of time and there were days when I felt that getting the laundry from the washer, to the dryer, to the dresser required a superhuman effort.
As you can imagine, my house was often, frankly, a mess.
One particularly exhausted morning I was sifting through the mail and found a card from my sister-in-law who lived several hundred miles away. I opened it and found a gift certificate from a local business for three house cleanings, paid for by her. I burst into tears.
It was the perfect gift, from someone who clearly knew just how I felt. It was, and will likely remain, the most amazing present I could ever ask for. In between the milestones that we proudly celebrate are so many little moments that often slip by.
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