Thursday, July 29, 2010

Da Count in Friday 55-Looking Out for Each Other

FRIDAY 55

 I trudge into the house at the end of a long day.
The house is a mess.
I shuffle through the pile of mail in the foyer.
Junk...
important...
junk...
junk...
Ooohh, a letter...
from my stepmother.
I open it to find
 encouragement,
 affirmation,
 an explanation, 
an unexpected gift she says is not a loan.



DA COUNT
 
It's been a long week, not a bad one, just a long one.  On Wednesday morning at work a patient came in and asked who had the purplish van out in the parking lot.  I let him know it was mine.  He told me I should go check it because it looked like the left rear tire was loosing air.  Once the patient flow slowed down a bit I checked it and sure enough it was flat as could be.  I was really glad to know that early enough in the day to get a hold of Mr. Lime so he could take care of it when he had time during the day and I didn't walk out to an unpleasant surprise at the end of the night when I was exhausted and the tire shops were closed.  That patient saved me a huge inconvenience and headache.

Thursday night I came home tired and rather frustrated by certain things I won't go into here.  I came inside and saw the day's mail sitting in a pile.  I went through it and sighed in some relief not to see any bills.  Then I noticed a personal item from my stepmother.  Personal letters and cards put a smile on my face just because they are...well...personal.  Inside was a funny card with a surprise.  When I opened the card a check slid out onto my lap and I saw a long note inside.  I read the note explaining how my stepmother was aware all three of her kids were having significant cash flow issues and how one of her aunts had been a help to her when she most needed it and without asking.  My stepmother decided (and was clear to state it was HER decision about HER money in spite of knowing my dad is going to be less than thrilled) it was time for her to send some help to each of her three kids.  The note alone had raised a lump in my throat simply because I am so blessed as to have a stepmother who considers me as much her own child as she does the son she gave birth to.  I finally opened the check that was in my lap and was dumbstruck by her level of generosity and that it was given with absolutely no strings attached. 

25 comments:

moondustwriter said...

Lime - you deserve the love
I know the feeling my step mom has showered me with love. What a gift.

Thanks for that 55 - so real

Love from the Moon

g-man said...

Limey...
That Lady is a Peach!
This even made ME Smile.
Loved your 55 My Friend..
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

(This is NO shit...My word verification is hoser)

clean and crazy said...

awesome post glad you have such a loving family.

Brian Miller said...

woot. love those kinda gifts...nice 55 lime.

Mama Zen said...

What a wonderful thing for your stepmother to do!

Alice Audrey said...

What a nice stepmother. Nice patient, too.

RNSANE said...

What a special gift, no strings attached, sent with love. It is so nice to have a stepmother like that!

Have a great weekend.

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Craig said...

A few times in my life, I've had friends/relations send me money 'out of the blue', at just the crucial time when I really could use it. 'Tis wonderful, indeed. . .

And I'm the same way with personal correspondence; doesn't matter who it's from, just the fact that it's handwritten brightens my whole day. . .

mrsnesbitt said...

How lovely for you, your step mum is a true gem.

Great 55 - so appropriate.

Dx

Cricket said...

Nice. S--- happens, it's nice that sometimes it's good s---.

Claudia said...

oh wow - that's fantastic - thanks for sharing with us!

S said...

That is so cool!

Lime, Logo will tell you all about the seattle snack!

Craver Vii said...

That's awesome! It's nice to be surprised by joyful things.

Monkey Man said...

Great 55 in recognition of a kind gesture.

Lulda Casadaga said...

Now that's a great 55! I was thrilled to find five bucks in my wallet today!! :D Kudos to your stepmother...

Jingle said...

stepmother could be loving 2,
she loves you,
which makes this 55 true and glow!

Hilary said...

How lovely. She sounds like a wonderful woman. I happy for you that she's in your life.

ttfootball said...

=)

Logophile said...

Oh, Limey,
that is just
perfect!
I love it.
What a generous, and truly wonderful gift.

I'm so glad your van tire was brought to your attention too. What nightmare would THAT have been?
Blessings everywhere when you see them, hm?

secret agent woman said...

Sweet! There is so rarely anything of interest in the mail anymore, and that sounds especially welcome.

Just to let you know, I've had to change my blog's URL. This avatar links to the new site.

~Dragonfly~* said...

What a loving gesture.... you are truly blessed.

Dave said...

That's nice Michelle. I also had an excellent stepmother who was loving and kind. It shows that stepmothers are not all bad, as in Cinderella. - Dave

Mona said...

That has been so kind of her. She surely seems like a gem!

Mona said...

Happy Friendship Day Lime!

Jocelyn said...

Just your recounting of the note put a lump into my throat, so I can imagine how lovely it was.

May we always remember to pay forward that gesture one day.