Winter is a season for thinking about
presents. Both Chanukah and Valentine's Day are on the calendar, and in the
minds of all who feel affection in its many forms. The weather is cold, but our
hearts are warm. Even this year, when the only stories in the media are about a
bad economy, those stories are bracketed with advertisements for things to give
There are many conversations about wish lists: do you
think Uncle Joe would like this, have the girls been wanting that, is this a
good choice for Mother? Mother? Oh boy, that's me! Do you really want to know
what I would like? Do you?
"Uh oh,: you say, "Will I be able to
afford it? Can I acquire it in time?"
Yep, you sure can. Let me
tell you what I said to a friend just this week as we were discussing gifts.
"Please, don't buy me any goodies; there is something which would make me much
happier." Naturally, she wanted to know what it was. "The arthritis has been
bad, and my hands will no longer hold a needle. Would you be willing to do a bit
of sewing for me, hemming and some buttons?"
Now, that was not the
first time I've made the same request of someone. Since my hands stiffened, I've
asked more than one person, but nobody has ever done it. Last year, I spent a
great deal of money paying the cleaners to do things which were simple, yet
beyond my current capabilities. The saddest thing about this is knowing that
none of my friends have been willing to give me a couple of hours doing anything
Does that give you an idea? Perhaps, you know someone
who would really enjoy having the handles on their cupboards replaced. How about
teaching a niece how to make that dish she always gobbles at family gatherings?
Do you have a friend who would be delighted to have their linen closet
organized? How about offering to help clean the garage?
always true that the gift of time is the most valuable that anyone can give.
Before you purchase another box of dusting powder, or crystal tchochke, consider
what would really be meaningful to those you love. Yes, the economy is poor, yet
each of us has riches to share. The best presents of this or any other season
come from the hands and hearts of those we love.
Learn what you can
do, and do it. It will surely be appreciated.