|The Year I Got the Same Gift, I Gave|
Several years ago, I received this book as a Christmas gift from my friend Evelyn.
Evelyn was a Southern lady and the epitome of grace. She worked for the County Estension Service, teaching young women how to become thriving homemakers. She was also a talented artist, in her own right.
Evelyn had been a special friend for many years, and we exchanged Christmas gifts each year.
That Christmas, when I gave her, her gift she started laughing. For a moment I was almost hurt, thinking that she didn't think much of the gift that I had so painstakingly picked out for her.
I think she saw the uncertianty in my face and quickly gave my gift to me.
I opened it and laughed with her, when I saw it was the
same book that I had bought for her.
She said she always knew we were kindred spirits,
because we thought so much alike. She said she would
always treasure it, as I have always treasured mine.
Evelyn left this life many years ago, but, everytime I look
at this book, I'm reminded of our special friendship. And,
I thank God for the special people in my life.