I seldom receive gifts from anyone, not even from my husband as he is a staunch believer of "I give myself to you" every time special occasions come. Thank god he doesn't take fancy to wrapping himself up, coz I would just leave him stay wrapped and let him sweat a bit before he unwrap himself *chuckles*. I do receive sweet gifts from my kids made from dried leaves glued onto some last year's raya cards. I love handmade presents especially if they come from my two bright sparks. The latest gift came from my daughter, a second hand vase that was sold by the teachers who wanted to get rid of their junk at school. I had given her my junk to be brought to school and she came back with other people's. Of course the junk, I mean the present she gave me was the most special one and now resides beautifully on my mantel piece. The other and only person who gives me presents every year on my birthday is my sis. And I do so ever appreciate her gestures. But now I have come to terms and have made peace with myself that I won't be receiving presents on birthdays or anniversaries or on any occasions, hence the zero expectations.
When my best friend Salina from Manchester called to say that she had something for me and the parcel has already arrived at a friend's house in Putrajaya, I was simply elated. Little did I know how big the parcel was. She did mention of some cookbooks and stuff and when I went to this friend's house I was astonished to see a big box waiting to be collected. Brought it home and this is the treasure I discovered inside...
from children's books to a football book for my husband
And best of all tucked inside this beautiful box is...
pretty white and blue China, which shine, just lit up my face and the entire room as I untied the satin ribbon.
I was overwhelmed with all the gifts and didn't know which one to look at first. But when I saw the green nursery rhyme book I knew I had to take delight in it before others. My son who was still awake and as excited as I was made me read out lout each and every verse. I guess it explains why I tend to write in rhymes, I simply enjoy the beauty of similar sounding words.
There are also picture frames and educational German English CD in the brown box. Salina, thanks so so much for all the thoughtful gifts you have sent me and I shall take my time to savour each and every gift, read every single word and try to test as many recipes as I possibly have time for. As for now I could only leave you with this poem as a token for your kindness, hope you like it. Thanks again.
Alright people, now I am off to Ipoh!
Thank You, Friend
Thank you, friend, for all the things
That mean so much to me--
For concern and understanding
You give abundantly.
Thanks for listening with your heart;
For cheering me when I'm blue;
For bringing out the best in me;
And just for being you.
Thanks for in-depth conversation
That stimulates my brain;
For silly times we laugh out loud;
For things I can't explain.
For looking past my flaws and faults;
For all the time you spend;
For all the kind things that you do,
Thank you; thank you, friend.
By Joanna Fuchs
Friday, November 9, 2007
Posted by Wiz at 8:18 PM