Yesterday, my husband came home and said....."What, no Walk With Me Wednesday" pictures?? "Slackin are you?" No, I told him..... I really did go for a walk, but it was with Maggie the moose and I still haven't figured out yet how to handle my camera and her at the same time. Maggie has become a wonderful walking companion and I am really enjoying our daily mile long walks, but sadly, no pictures :-) (hmmm....maybe a new pocket camera is needed)
I have always been a firm believer in what goes around comes around, whether it is good or bad. Yin and Yang. A few months ago, I struggled with a commitment I had made once I realized that it might have been a mistake. In the end, however, I knew it was the right thing to do, so I honored that commitment and said to my friends, who understood my struggle......it's ok, I made someone smile and something good will come my way, if even in a small way...and I really meant that.
A short few weeks later, that little something good came my way. This little Isabella Fiore leather bag is something that I have lusted after from the first day I saw one, but they are outrageously expensive and no longer produced. As soon as one shows up anywhere, they are snatched up by Cavalier enthusiasts at ridiculous prices. Last month when I was at the fun match in Texas, I admired one of these bags that a woman was carrying. She told me that she had 2 of them..........and the next week, one of them was delivered to my house as a gift. I can't tell you how thrilled and touched I was.
So that of course was a big reminder to me of just how important it is to give. Not because you will get something back in the form of a material gift, but what it gives you inside. Knowing that you made someone smile or made their life a little easier, is a gift in itself.
The year before last, I did a lot of knitgiving and got a little burnt out. It brought up a lot of old feelings from a time in my life that I truly struggle with. A time when I was the single mom of 4 children after the loss of my soon to be husband and had no choice during the Christmas holiday, than to be the recipient of charity. That was a very hard time in all of our lives.. I was incredibly grateful for the help, but sad all the same that I had to accept it.... What I do remember however, are the smiles on my children's faces that Christmas morning. Children who had not had a lot to smile about. It made me realize then that sometimes we have to step outside ourselves and accept help and be thankful for the people who are there to lend us that hand when we need a step up with a little dignity.
I had not planned on doing any charity knitting this year.....instead I was going to knit for my family. Somehow though,looking at the red scarf I made this fall, the little hats left over from the fair and the acrylic yarn sitting in another box (perfect for children's mittens), I was reminded of the smiles from that long ago Christmas. I know that that these small things could bring a smile to a child that will warm some other mom's heart........so my lace knitting project that I had planned has been set aside and the mittens are now on the needles. I am so fortunate to be in a place now that allows me reach out my hand.
Tis the season to give and when you truly give from your heart, it really does come back to you :-)