Sunday Writing Prompt

Our MLMM challenge today is to write about the most heartfelt gift you have ever received or given. This gift need not be material and it need not have been given on a special occasion. How did you come upon the idea? How did you react or express gratitude? Perhaps you have not even given the gift yet or perhaps it is an ongoing commitment to another person, a gift that keeps giving.
Fiction and nonfiction welcome.
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I don’t have them now, but when I worked in the High Street and was getting married to my first husband, one of my elderly customers came in with a gift for me.
She was a widow in her 80s and had become one of my regulars, mainly because coming into the bank to make a deposit or small withdrawal may well have been her only contact with other people. It had become known that I was the cashier to talk to if you had a problem with your rates Standing Order, or if you just wanted to chat. Even when we were busy, my customers took priority over tea breaks or lunch as I knew many were lonely and so I always made time for them.
My gift was a pair of inexpensive white cotton pillow cases, but what made them priceless and so very special was the hand embroidered His and Hers in blue and pink silk.
This lovely old lady had arthritis far worse than mine is now, yet she had taken however many painstaking hours to complete her gift to me.
I made sure she had a piece of wedding cake along with a personal Thank You note.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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8 Responses to Sunday Writing Prompt

  1. Michael says:

    There are some lovely people in this world aren’t there.

  2. Violet Lentz says:

    The true gift was in her sacrifice. The price she was willing to pay to remain forever in your memory. Her efforts were in every way a success..

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  4. This was so touching, what an amazing gift

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