A while ago I wrote a post called The Bracelet. That one kind of ripped my heart out and spat it back because it was so poignant, so real, so…honest. I am a private gal and this one chipped a little too close to the vest, but…I liked it. It was healing. I wrote it, felt love from my readers and carried on with my messy prolonged process of grieving my mother.
Life continually surprises me. I never know what God is going to dump in my life next. It might be a new series on my blog I am super-excited about, a slashing bit of financial news (crap, repairing the van REALLY costs that much?), a surprising job opportunity, or most fantastically, a new friend. I fully believe God knows exactly what I will need in my life when I need it and introduces it at exactly the right time.
I have made no secret of the fact that my mother’s birthday slays me every year. Last year, I lit my kitchen on fire and burned off my eyelashes. This year, my dog crapped on the carpet, I started sobbing uncontrollably and called my husband to leave work because I couldn’t find the rug cleaner. I won’t lie–I’m kind of excited to see what drama next year unfolds.
In any case, there I was, wailing over dog poop, when the mail arrived. I am working on organizing a big (for me) giveaway in October (so please stay tuned!), and I got the first of the products I will be giving away in the mail. The thing was, the sweet artisan who mailed the product not only sent the featured item, but a little treat for me–a beautiful bracelet.
I had slowly been falling in love with Penny Jules since our first contact. She was sweet and has made some very kind and supportive comments on my blog. When I saw the sweet bonus bracelet she threw in for me, I messaged her, proclaiming my gratitude. Nothing could have prepared me for her beyond gracious response however.
Penny wrote, “I know sometimes certain days can be extremely difficult to get through. Sometimes all we need on those days is a hug, or some small gesture from even a complete stranger to help ease the pain of the day. Now today is a new day and you were already able to make people laugh with your writing. You just continue doing what you love and what you’re good at and all will be right with the world.”
Oh gosh, excuse me, readers, because the tears are streaming down my face. I love Penny, because she is classy. Because she is real. And because she gets it. Obviously, go buy something from her because she is so cool, but moreover, just be touched by her words.
3 weeks ago, I didn’t even know who Penny was. Now God put her in my life and was using her craft to get me through one of the hardest days of my life. Just the touch of a new person in my life was all it took.
Again, I am sobbing, so I will go. But never, ever underestimate the power of a bracelet, friends. xo.