I got some mail today!
It wasn’t the usual junk and bills; it was a real-life box, with a handwritten address and everything! When I opened it up, this is what I saw:
My good college friend Kim had sent it.
My first thought was, “That was truly the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a long time. I think I’m going to cry.” Seriously, I am still kind of on the verge of bawling over the thoughtfulness.
My second thought was, “That’s a lot of cereal! I won’t have to buy any for like 2 months!”
To the average eye, this might just be a cute stunt. To me, it’s a gift of presence. Kim and I haven’t seen each other in at least 10 years…maybe more. We live on opposite coasts and don’t talk often. And here she is, suddenly at my doorstep. Her handwriting, her spirit. She had to go shopping for all of this cereal–or maybe she had it lying around, in which case, maybe she needs to start blogging–and she boxed it all up and sent it off. It’s a gift people don’t often give or receive much these days. It’s one of pure thought and love. It’s an old friend, taking time out of her busy life of being a CFO, wife, and mom to two boys…to follow my humble writings and to give of herself. It is just so freaking thoughtful.
It was so kind…and more than that–it’s so USEFUL! I mean, sentiment is all well and good, but man…it takes a true master to blend emotion with PRACTICALITY, yo. Truth be told, I would have had the same reaction had she boxed up a plastic baggie of Cheerios with the note. It’s a great bonus that I can actually get some mileage out of this–wow!
This was beyond nice, and really proves ol’ Clarence right: “No man is a failure who has friends.”
And cereal, apparently.