I can write this now because my friend Dee just left and I know she reads this blog. We exchanged presents and I was so excited for her to see the one I got for her.
Now when your friendship is at the level that mine is with Dee (beyond labels or the need to be constantly connected), gifts are not a requirement, but when they are given they are always given from the heart.
I have talked about another young woman, Lisa, whom I was teaching some cake decorating to when she clearly surpassed the teacher. When I had to give it up I offered her any of my cake decorating supplies as an encouragement.
To combine Lisa’s creativity and her love of this planet of ours, she started painting signs on reclaimed wood. Now this is a young woman who hand drew sheet music onto fondant with an edible marker for a wedding cake!
I instantly knew that I needed to get one for Dee. And I knew that I wanted it to say “Standing In The Gap”. This is the title of a song by Babbie Mason which we first heard at a “Women of Faith” concert a few years ago. It totally sums up our friendship as we are always in prayer or offering encouragement for the other.
On the flip side, Dee presented me with two Christmas cello bags full of her homemade won tons. These are medicine for my stomach and my soul. These days when I am fighting bug after bug I am only wanting comfort foods and these won tons are just that. Combine them with my homemade broth, and some green onions just after pouring it into a bowl, and I can’t help but feel better.
There was something else in the bag – a CD. When I unwrapped it I smiled from ear to ear. It is “That’s Christmas to Me” by the Pentatonix. And anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows how much I love their music, especially their Christmas Music.
So, here I am, listening to a Capella Christmas music (the best way to hear it in my opinion), writing this post and getting ready to have a nice bowl of won ton soup!