One of my customers came in recently very upset. I call her "Grandma". She's honest, says what she feels and is a very strong willed woman. She reminds me so much of my own Grandmother. She lost a ring that she had had for over 20 years. She looked everywhere for it but couldn't find it. She tried to wear another one that she had at home but her finger swelled up because it was too small for her. She said to me "I know it's going to sound funny but I feel naked without my ring". It didn't because I know that feeling if I have certain pieces of my own jewelry off. They have such meaning to me that they have become "a part of me". She felt the same way. Only a day or two before she came in I had thought to myself that one of my rings needed a new home. It was time. This silver band fit her finger perfectly. I watched her as she put it on. Her heart lit up and her eyes filled up with tears. She hesitated on taking the ring from me. I told her that she would always have a little piece of me with her by wearing this ring. That no matter what was going on in her life she would know how much she is loved. She accepted my gift.
Grandma has come in and vented about what was bothering her, has cried with me and laughed with me. And she just flew in my front door bringing a 'gift for a gift'! Because she knows my faith is so strong she brought me a medal of Mary. It is one of those that you get in the mail, but it was given from her heart. So my morning was just filled up with hugs, a beautiful gift and love. What an awesome way to start the day! A true gift!
She has taught me how important it is to share what we feel no matter what. She lives the concept 'we only have this moment' and even that isn't guaranteed to us. She has reinforced what my own Grandmother taught me so many years ago. I love this woman dearly for all she brings into this world, but even more so simply because of who she is.
So many of you have touched my life...some very deeply. All of you have made a difference. I offer to each of you my gift of friendship, hope and love. Not because of what you have given me, but because of who you are right this very minute. May you be graced with gifts that bring joy to your heart, lift your spirit and that feed your soul.
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