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Friday’s Five

Sitting and listening to the mother of a dear friend. Thinking to myself: one day I hope someone will sit and listen to me. We really forget that the gift of presence is a thing. People need us to listen. Just listen. 

My granddaughter Sofia sitting at my grandfather’s desk. If I had to list a prized possession, that desk would make the list. I called dibs on it when I was a child and it lived in my aunt’s long hallway. All the nooks and crannies, the fold down writing space. I can tell she gets it. She moved her bowl of goldfish crackers to the edge and sat so proudly. A moment of realization–that I never knew my grandfather, but he seemed alive tonight. 

A text from a dear friend. She went to an exhibit where two of my art pieces are hanging. Her text was a gift of affirmation and caring. I think I’ll frame it for the days when wondering sets in. 

A lunch with two former colleagues. Sometimes we find dear friends in work hallways. They see us through hardships and celebrations. Today was a celebration. 

A book on art from a lady I met at a retreat two years ago. She received a copy and already had one, so sent the newest one to me. Thoughtfulness. Can we ever have too much? 

Simple moments, honoring life and those who cross our paths. 


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I mailed my sister a surprise set of dishes last week. They are Texas ones. She’ll be in love.
They cost almost as much to ship as they did to purchase, but she’ll enjoy them and it made me happy.

Today there was a $25 Starbucks gift card with a beautifully crafted mug in my teacher mailbox. No one fesses up.

I drop by the income tax place after work and the lady who has done my taxes for almost twenty years pulls out a heavy box. It’s a picture with a poem I admired last year. She’d given me the info to order but said today, I knew you’d get busy and forget.

I cannot explain why or how, but I know it is true:

What goes around comes around.
God will not be outdone in generosity.

Circles of light. Turning today.

Act on your good ideas and watch what comes back to you. You can’t stop it…believe me.