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sweet gift

on December 15, 2014


today’s small thing: a gift from my neighbor

As Christmas draws near I’m becoming increasingly busy, and more stressed. It seems there is so much going on this week I can barely keep track of things. Also I am mentally and physically beginning to prepare for a two week trip back to KC.

And then we were out of milk. And the car had vapors of gas. And it was 9pm.

The ‘not it’ discussion between my husband and I went on for way too long and finally it was decided I would go get gas and milk.

Of course one can’t just buy milk, so I bought a bottle of moscato to help relax my crazy mind. The checkout lady at Walgreens probably wonders why I regularly come in to buy milk and wine.

Walking into my apartment I noticed the neighbor below was out with her dog and we started chatting. I told her I had to go get the essentials, milk and wine, and she asked me what kind. I told her moscato was the perfect blend of bubbly for easy drinking.

She ran back into her apartment and came back with a bottle of her favorite moscato.

“You have to try this one. Merry Christmas.”

She smiled and went back inside. She cheered me up without knowing I needed it.

Oh, what a good, good neighbor.

How has someone given you a gift you needed?


One response to “sweet gift

  1. Kathy Flentie says:

    Paisan Kari! I did not know that you were a lover of moscato, too!! My favorite brand is Cupcake, but Seven Daughters and Barefoot are great ones to try, also. As a mother of a toddler, I think any one of us would totally understand “milk and wine” at the same time. Unfortunately, here in Kansas, it would mean two stops one at the grocery store, and one at the liquor store. In Missouri, they are allowed to sell liquor in the grocery stores…ours only carry 3.2 products! God bless you all. Safe travels, and I am so looking forward to seeing Georgie soon (you and Jonathan, too!) ❤


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