Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Call it hormones.....call it tenderhearted.....call it what you will....but today I sat down and cried like a baby....guess my eyes needed a good eye washing. Many know about my "Cards for Seniors" post I put up each month. You will find that on my sidebar under "one fine blessing". I have no way of knowing how many even read those post, much less participate in that project. I have sorta felt like there were not that many who did have the time to participate and had thought I'd cancel it before the end of the year....I was thinking this might not interest too many folks.
But then today....I received this letter in the mail....and believe me, I just cried.......I'd like to share it with you here. Some of what this dear soul said, I am leaving out as I feel it was most private in nature....but you will get the idea of the message.
Dear Colorado Lady,
Words can not express how wonderful my last Birthday was. No words can tell you what that week meant to me. I am going to tell you about it and thank you for all you have done.
I received a knock at the door one afternoon and it was my mailman. I felt that strange, as I don't get mail other than on sale ad days. (my kids control me and all my money and bills) so I see nothing and get nothing. That wonderful day I had two cards. TWO. I was shaking so bad when I opened them I could hardly hold them. And then, dollar bills fell out of the cards. I was dumbstruck. The cards alone were such a bright spot but that fact that there was a dollar in each I was almost afraid it was a scam. I sat those cards on my mantel and admired them all night. The dollar bills sat there too as I was not sure what to do with that money.
The next day I got three MORE cards and 4 more dollars. These cards had the most warmest greetings and wishes for my Birthday that I could not even remember the last time I felt like I mattered to anyone much less a stranger. My family does not live close and they are so busy, that I just don't see them hardly at all. All my friends are gone and it is just me. I have a neighbor behind me who calls me to see if I need anything from time to time. So you can really not imagine how these cards lifted my spirits and honestly, I had all but forgotten my birthday was coming as it is something that is just regarded as just another day.
What you don't know as I feel like I have some angels who were watching over me. I had very slim pickings in my cupboards until the next week when I got my allotment for groceries from my kids. I always make do, but for some reason this month was a little short. With my Birthday dollars I purchased a small milk, cheese, small bread, a tomato and a chap stick. I made it just fine for several days and was so thankful beyond words that someone out there cared enough to send me a card and a dollar.
Thank you so much and there has to be a special place in heaven for folks like you and all the others who made my week and birthday special. I am sorry it took me so long to write you a note of thanks. I am slow but mean well.
I hope we meet one day on the other side so I can hug you proper.
I don't know really what to say but thank you to all who have participated in this project. When you think you are not making a difference and all your efforts are tossed to the wind, something usually blows back into view and lets you know how much you do matter...to someone....somewhere......in big ways or small. If you know a senior to be added to the list of birthdays, please email me and lets add them. You just never know what a blessing to someone a card can be.