When you give a gift, you do like knowing that it is appreciated. One of the things that really irks me is the deterioration of the "thank you". Particularly when I've taken the time to create something. Perhaps you think "What the...?", there are words you can use to say, "Thank you so much for creating this lovely cross-stitch for me. I certainly appreciate all the time and effort you put into something for me." Meanwhile, you can think, "Okay, this goes in the garage sale we're having next June. She'll never know." I just want to know that you recognize I tried to make you something I thought you'd like, even if I failed to come close to your tastes.
But when something clicks, it can make your day, your week, your month.
You might remember the cross-stitch to the left in this photo. This was the piece I had started and stopped because I'd screwed it up. Then, I picked it up again and completed it. It was my friend, Daniel's Christmas gift last year.
First of all, his thank you came with, "I was so surprised. I saw your posts and I couldn't think of how to say, 'I want that'." This piece was always destined to go to him, so that made me feel good that I had managed to make something that connected with the recipient. Then, the friends who see it have said to him, "Wow. Someone really does know you, don't they?" That's kind of a 'fist pump' moment. I have captured, in stitches, a real part of who Daniel is. (He could be a sommelier, is all I'll say.) Lastly, this photo made me laugh out loud. There, in the front of his bottles, is the Scottish whiskey Aberlour, the one I blogged about at the end of June.
When I remarked about the bottle, Daniel's reply was, "Great Scots drink alike." I'll drink to that only it will have to be tea.
Beverage: Darjeeling tea