The package, from a good friend in Colorado, was addressed to both of us, so I left it on the counter with the other mail for my wife to open.
What did I think it was? I mentioned in a blog post around Christmas that Clay had broken a couple of ornaments, including a fragile Grinch globe that we had been hanging on our tree for 20 years. I know our friend in Colorado is a huge fan of Dr. Seuss, like Clay, and an avid reader of this blog. Putting two and two together, I figured it was a replacement ornament.
It turned out to be a much more generous gesture.
My wife opened the box as soon as she came home from work. Inside was our friend’s own cherished Grinch ornament. Here is what the note said, in part:
“This ornament has been on my tree for umpteen years but it needs to be on yours now. It think it’s Clay-proof if he decides to drop it, toss it, or throw it on the floor. Think of me when you’re putting it on the tree each year. With lots of love.”
We read the card to Clay to see what he thought.
“So cool,” he typed in response. “A nice person.”
We couldn’t agree more. Thanks, Loret. The calendar just shifted to February, but you’ve got us looking forward to Christmas already.