You know when you feel so helpless in a situation that all you can do is try to make someone feel better? This happened last week, my friend’s sister was dying, her body was failing in the hospital, in another state. She was panicking, waiting without news. I was even further away! I just wanted to be there, just to be supportive, make coffees and chat, distract, wipe tears, do whatever I could to be helpful. Sadly I could do nothing.
So I did the next best thing. I made a little package. I didn’t spend any money. The things in it weren’t of any value but they were sent with love and support and I hoped it would brighten her day. A pipe cleaner bent into a heart, a purple feather, and a hand embroidered handkerchief. With a little note explaining….
I filled the envelope, posted it and promptly forgot.
Well it arrived today… and it’s purpose was fulfilled.
I don’t have a magic wand, I can’t fix all her sister’s problems. She’s ok for now but has a very long road to recovery and it’s complicated.
But I made my friend feel better, she knows someone cares. She’s not alone in her struggle even though we’re separated by distance. Sometimes it’s the little things, and the thought behind it that gets you through the hard times…
And sometimes that’s enough.
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