A rag-tag group of elementary students sat at a table and hand-crafted Valentine’s cards. The cards would be delivered to shut-ins of the church. In the pile of crayon smears and scratchy writing lay my daughter’s card. She has a flair for the dramatic, so the card pulled out all the stops with oodles of hearts, glitter, lots of words and a generous amount of pink.
The Wednesday night of card making had long since passed when a letter arrived in our mailbox. On the envelope read Ellie’s name. She smiled proudly. You know the look when a little one feels the thrill of receiving something that seems grown-up.
We gathered around her as she opened the envelope to reveal a beautiful pink card complete with hearts and glitter. Her pen pal was the 83 year old shut-in who had received her Valentine. Written on the pink polka dot pattern was a beautiful note in cursive. Jane explained that she had an 88 year old husband. She signed the letter with love ya! A five-dollar bill was taped inside.
Ellie’s eyes grew wide at such a surprising treat. She placed the bill in her piggy bank and displayed the card on her dresser. I have a feeling it will stay there for some time. Later that night she came downstairs with a piece of paper, a letter to her new friend. She asked Jane to call her El, short for Ellie of course and told her six facts about herself. She drew a flower, a cupcake and a cat head. On the backside of the letter she drew a unicorn.
When we give, the gift we receive back is often deeper. (Click to tweet this!) We don’t expect this, but it has a way of happening.
- A whisper of thanks so genuine it dusts away our own ingratitude.
- A smile that is so moving we remember it for years to come.
- The warmth of the assurance that we are capable of offering hope.
- The way our vision deepens, expands and we are left with the knowledge that our life is so much more.
You can touch another life, whether you are 8 or 83, hearts, glitter and unicorns span all generations.
Have you ever been touched in a deeper way than expected when you cared for someone else?
Love comes back bigger than imagined when we give of our real self.
Miss Lisa – thank you for this God-grande reminder about giving.
I love that, it is all about giving of our real self. That authentic giving is what gives back 🙂
Love this, and soooo true. What a kind heart she has!
I hope to be so sweet when I’m 83. I hope we still have car talk when we’re 83 too. We’ll be waiting for our great grand kids in the school parking lot 🙂
Always, always, always. I’m not sure why I’m always surprised when this happens, but I still am.
I agree Amy, always surprised, totally should not be. Along with this, seriously humbled too.
Thanks, Lisa. A beautiful picture of love and friendship. Seemingly small things can make a big difference sometimes! 🙂 (*insert pink and glitter here!*)
Very true! I love that you inserted pink and glitter 🙂 perfect.