Friday, December 15, 2006

Giving is better than receiving!

How many times have you heard this one? I learned this one year at Christmas. Not the way that you would think. I was on the receiving end when I really understood the meaning of that saying. It is difficult to really see this photo, but it is one of my most treasured possessions. It is a very fragile blown glass piece of Jonah in the whale's belly.

At my grandparents house each year, we change up our gift giving. On the year that I received this gift it was just a "match the number to the gift" exchange. I was in my late teens that year and when I opened this I wasn't really sure what to think of it. I'm not sure that I really knew what it was. My uncle must have been watching me open it, because he came right over and began to tell me all about it. I will never forget the look in his eyes as he talked about finding it and how excited he was. He couldn't wait for someone to receive it so that he could share his excitement. At that very moment, it didn't matter what I was holding. I felt so fortunate to have opened that whale. I have no idea what else I got that year or very many after, but the whale sits on my bookshelf to this day. It is really a treasure to let the giver tell you about their gift. Maybe that needs to be our new tradition!

So that's all in this day in the life of mommysmart!


Trey said...

Hey Mon,

Hope your weekend was good. Are you guys planning on coming to home for any of the holidays. Love reading your thought. Thanks for sharing & being my friend.


Trey said...

Mon ... swing over later and see my reply to your comment. I think I have a new job for you.

"sermon writer"


Mommysmart said...

Thanks Trey! I have just been blessed by hearing good sermons all of my life. Hmmm....who would that have been, oh yeah, Trey! Really, I only write to avoid therapy ha ha!

We will be in town on friday and stay through wednesday. Looking forward to seeing you on Christmas Eve (where might I add, I get to hear your good sermon).