Over the years, as someone who has often resisted technology and the instant gratification it can provide, it seems a bit hypocritical that I would opt to send an email or text as opposed to picking up the telephone to call a friend. A hand-written note is one thing, but a phone call is entirely another. I'm not a phone person. Period.
But my gift for Day 26 was just that: a Phone Call.
On this day, my thoughts kept going back to my oldest and dearest friend, M. We were born exactly five days apart, met one another on our first day of kindergarten and were best friends for the next ten years until she moved away. We lost touch throughout high school and didn't see one another until that one, fateful day in college, when I felt a hand reach out and grab me by the arm. We were heading in opposite directions on the concrete pathway, but she spotted me and pulled me into a hug that I won't soon forget (I smile as I write this, because I remember that moment of immeasureable happiness as if it were yesterday).
Much has changed over the years; she is married now and a mother of three, residing in CA, where she is living the life she always dreamed of. We keep in touch via Facebook, letters and cards on birthdays and holidays, but it has been years since we spoke on the telephone for hours like we did way back when we were young girls. Oddly enough, I'd had a dream about her a few nights prior, so I interpreted this as the Universe's way of telling me I needed to call her. And so I did---and I'm glad.
It turns out that M had been feeling pretty down; her husband was traveling for work and she was home alone with the kids, feeling exhausted and under the weather. When she answered the phone, I was immediately grateful I'd called; I miss her so and the sound of her voice was like a hug from my old friend. She repeatedly thanked me for calling, marveling at my timing and how much it helped just to hear MY voice at the other end of the line.
Once again, my intent to give a gift brought me one in return; nothing beats the gratification of being "there" for a friend when they need someone to lean on. Gifts don't always have to be wrapped up in pretty paper and tied with a bow; sometimes, the best gifts are simple gestures that on the surface, may seem insignificant and trivial, when in fact, they're actions that keep hearts connected.
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Today's Gratitude List:1) Friends.
2) Finding the hat I thought I had lost!
3) Inspiration to PAINT!