Yesterday I received this in the mail.
And this is how it made me feel.
In fact that dopey grin will most likely cover my face for at least a week after this unexpected gift from a dear friend – whom I’ve never met. Inside this box was a tightly wrapped loaf of apple bread.
Yeah, that’s right. I’ve never met her. Don’t be frightened – it’s not daily practice that I receive and consume baked goods from strangers. You see in my mind Sara is anything but a stranger. First of all check out her gorgeous site (SproutedKitchen.com) and tell me you wouldn’t eat anything that comes out of that delicious kitchen. We have our blogs and Twitter to thank for making us fast friends – kind of nerdy but it makes me happy.
Sara included a quote on the bottom of her hand-written note. “It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen.” Don Miller
This simple gesture of a home baked gift has indeed made an impression on my life. First of all it has made me even more eager to meet Sara so I can thank her in person and secondly it has spurred in me the great desire to return the favor so that someone else could feel this joy.
I know it’s just a loaf (a very tasty one at that) but it represents so much more. Sara took the time to think about me and how this gift would make me feel, she took care when baking it, wrapped it tightly, placed a sweet note next to it’s side and sturdied into a box to make the overnight journey to reach my front door on an sunny Saturday afternoon. A selfless act of kindness with no expectation of gift in return – the definition of love.
An act of love catches one off guard and they are forever changed.
Thank you Sara for your loving kindness.