A gift I’m happy I gave: My mother loved dolls and magical things. When she was 99 years old, I gifted her an adorable Tinker Bell pen I got at Disney World. She fell in love. “I am not going to use it for writing,” she declared. “I just want to look at her.” I stood “Tink” upright using a glass vase and placed her on the kitchen table where mom could gaze at her. It gave her so much pleasure. Sadly, mom passed away a year later, but I was happy I gave her a gift that made her smile during her final days. Tinker Bell found a new home with me and lives on my altar now.
The best gift I’ve ever received: A beloved and brave friend was going through a serious crisis and we were able to spend some sacred time together. I was surprised and deeply moved when, as a thank you, she sent me a gorgeous, soft velvet throw blanket filled with inspiring and healing words as a holiday present. As a writer, positive messages are so meaningful. The blanket is the gift that keeps giving because each night I go to bed beneath a covering imprinted with these words: Believe, blessing, bravery, courage, dream, faith, fulfillment, gratitude, happiness, harmony, hope, inspire, joy, love, miracles, peace,strength, trust, and wisdom.
—Laurie Sue Brockway, print and digital contributor