Monday, January 21, 2008

A sweet surprise.

It was a few months ago and I have been meaning to tell this story, but I'm only now sitting down to get it into words.

It's funny how I work. The more important things are what I put aside while I do the unimportant. I have an inbox sitting full of emails I want to take the time to answer, while I read and post about daily horoscopes and tarot cards. I say to myself that I want to make sure I do the important things when I am in the right frame of mind to focus on an appropriate response. But then I'll write a bajillion inane blogs about nothing. But, this is me and I can't fight it. But I digress.

A few months ago, actually more than just a few, I got one of those little slips in my mailbox letting me know there was a package for me. I didn't recognize the return address so I had no idea what it was. I'm a big online shopper though, so it could be anything. Except my mailman usually leaves these types of packages at my door, so it added to my surprise.

It ended up being a small package and once it my hands, I still didn't know who it was from. It wasn't until I opened it when I learned it was from a dear online friend, Jewels. What it contained shocked me so much I burst out crying right there, standing at my car in the parking lot at the post office. I was visibly shaken, as I was asked by someone if I was okay. All I could say was "It's just so nice" as the man smiled back at me, knowing I was okay.

This is what my little package contained:

With these gifts, I received this letter, reprinted with her permission (and as you read it, this was back when I was first diagnosed with a broken oven - my uterus was filled with scar tissue and my surgery had proven to be unsuccessful):

"Dear Nancy,

I hope this reaches you in good condition. I'm sending you this gift as a part of who I am, I may be different from a lot of the ladies and you might find me extremely strange, however, I am who I am so my gift is part of that.

Inside you will see a bracelet made of Tiger Stones. I picked the tiger stones in a bracelet form because it is one of the most powerful healing stones for the reproductive organs.

There is a white stone (Moonstone). I picked this one for you because it was the only one that had an injury, a crack going right through this beautiful stone, and yet it is held strong together. The moonstone helps the healing of the reproductive system and is excellent for PMS and conception.

Then there is the orange-ish brown stone (Carnelian). I liked this stone because it had the remnants of a dark scar deep within the stone and yet this stone looks healed, it resembles a perfect shape, color and texture.

Last, there is a fertility charm, a woman representing fertility.

I give you these things because you genuinely are in my thoughts and prayers. You are a beautiful woman and mother and I pray for your womb to mean and heal, to become that perfect shape and texture, as you say it, for your oven to work so you can back your perfect rolls.

Okay, I'm done being a good. I do hope, if anything, you just know you're loved. This is not a gift from me, it's a gift to represent all the women who love you."

And queue tears..... Now!

I'm sure you can see why I was so touched. Julie is going through her own IF adventures and she stopped and thought of me. What made this even more moving was how the things she picked was so poignant. To show me how there were things out there so perfect and beautiful, only to see a scar at closer examination - it just stunned me.

This little package meant more to me than you could imagine. I carry this gift with me wherever I go. I put them in a little pouch, which I keep in my handbag always.

So thank you Julie. For you are an amazing woman and I hope your life is blessed in the same ways you bless our lives. You said in your letter that you were being a "goof", but I can tell you that you are ~far~ from being a goof. You are a kind soul. You have brought a brightness to anyone who has had the pleasure to cross paths with you.


Jenera said...

Beautiful. You are lucky to have such a wonderful friend.

Pamela Jeanne said...

A Jewel to be sure! What lovely gifts and beautiful thoughts...

Kristin said...

You are lucky to have such a wonderful friend!

Christy said...

You are so lucky to have friends that care for you so deeply. I hope that her healing stones help. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a special and caring gift to receive. It sounds like she put a lot of thought and effort into it.


soapchick said...

Oh that brought tears to my eyes too! How nice!

Sarah R said...

That is so sweet! Aw, I think I'd be bawling too. Hugs!

Lori said...

Anyone who has a friend like that or IS a friend like that is truly blessed.