There are a few gifts I have received that aren’t so much gifts…but moments.
The first one is actually a gift. I got a beautiful ring from my mom and dad for my 15th birthday. It has a heart shaped amethyst and two heart shaped diamonds. I love this ring and it is one of my most beloved belongings. This was the last thing I received from them before they died. The stones had fallen out a few years back, and my aunt and uncle that raised us got the stones replaced and had the ring fixed so now it is extra special to me.
The second was a moment. I was teaching two year olds and there was this little girl named Elena. One day, when her mom was dropping me off, she told me that when they were saying their prayers the night before, Elena said….”And God bless Miss Shannon.” I felt so very special and important and knew I was doing something good in her life for her to include me in her prayers. It brought tears to my eyes!
The third moment that I can think of happened when I had first gotten pregnant with Maggie. I didn’t know I was pregnant at the time. John had been laid off and we were pretty broke. I was watching my nephew and we were at the store and he kept asking for gum. I told him no, that I didn’t have the money to spend on gum at the time. He kept asking all week – I ALWAYS buy him gum! Anyways, when I went to his house after his basketball game that weekend, he disappeared into his bedroom and came back up and handed me all of his cash that he had been saving. I started bawling. Now, shortly afterwards, we learned I was pregnant and could chalk this up to the hormones, but t hen we didn’t know. It was such a special sweet thing for an 8 year old boy to do out of the kindness of his heart! I love that boy so very much! I gave him his money back – or tried – and he got upset….so I talked to his mom and we worked out an arrangement for me to get him all of that money back while still accepting his gift. After a few days, I asked if I could give it back and he said yes, if I was sure that I would be okay. I could have probably bought him the gum, but I was trying not to spend money on anything we didn’t need. Now, I make sure we always have fum!
The fourth moment that stands out is from my little cousin who was maybe 5 or 6 at the time. He’s now 14. It was around Thanksgiving and they made turkeys at school and had to put something they were thankful for on all of the feathers. His things were family, house, food, toys, and Shannon 🙂 I got my own feather! He was so excited to show me.
These are the moments and gifts that will forever stand out in my mind.
What have you received as a gift that will forever be your favorite or stand out in your mind?