Well, the jig is up! It was the manner of the giving that gave me away. Today I wrapped up one of the yummy sour cream cranberry oatmeal bars and placed it in a red mug with cocoa mix, along with a holiday towel and Rita decided that she only knows one person who would give these kinds of gifts.
She came in to my office with her half eaten cranberry bar and asked if I had made it. I pulled her leg for just a bit but then admitted that I had been her little holiday elf and that my sole purpose and desire was to help spread a little joy her way. I certainly never expected anything in return.“Hands that give also receive”
But today she gave me a lovely Christmas towel and the red bag was full of chocolates.
Rita's brother who lived in the States died suddenly in June just at the end of our school year here, and she has been mourning the loss ever sense. In fact, she told me today that she had decided that she wasn't meant to be a part of Secret Santa since it had been too late for her to join and she figured she really wasn't in the spirt of it after all. But, when she started receiving all the wonderful surprises this week, her attitude changed and she felt happy again!
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
St. Francis of Assisi quotes (Founder of the Franciscan order, 1181-1226)
Isn't that the true meaning of the season?