In my last blog post I wrote that I got a belated birthday card from my friend in Australia. Because I knew that she sent it and my Christmas card at the same time I checked my mail box on Wednesday and it was there.
When I opened it I cried…and not silent tears running down my cheeks the “ugly cry” as Oprah calls it. It’s just so perfect. She drew Janet with her angel wings around both of us. In the cards if she draws herself in them my friend is usually in the middle but this time she put me beside Janet and you can see her arm giving me a hug. I just realized it’s a bit like the half hugs in the Christmas picture of us when we are little. I titled this human connection because my friend just got what I needed this year. Usually she uses what we have done in the year so I had no idea what she would draw. She often writes that Janet guides her and I truly believe that. I miss hugs so much and yet when I look at the card I can almost feel it.
I sent an email to thank her and she responded that the package I sent her arrived yesterday. In it was a thank you card for something she sent me in September, her Christmas card and a gift that I made for her. I know that she was terribly disappointed that she couldn’t come home for Christmas so I was trying to think of some small thing that I could send in the mail. Something that would remind her of home. My favourite thing about Christmas has always been the act of gift giving. Seeing the look of joy on the recipient’s face.
There is a Xfinity mobile commercial where the message is that the gifts are togetherness. The smell of Christmas baking, snowball fights etc. Even though we may not be together with our friends or family those memories connect us.