Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Deep snow and a gift of Spring

Another 14 inches today--can you see the tippy top of the fence along the raspberry row?

After moving snow around in the driveway, C and I trudged through the snow to the post office where a yellow card in the box directed me to the postmistress who produced a package. The return address, made me smile because I knew exactly what was inside.

It was a valentine gift of Spring--pecans, pepper jelly and daffodils from one of my all-time favorite people, my cousin Charlene.


Up until the summer of 1987, I had known her as my father's first cousin. I knew that she lived on a farm in Tennessee and her father and my grandfather were twin brothers. I knew that her father had ALS and was bed-ridden for most of her childhood and into mine. I knew that my grandfather loved her father dearly and that my father loved her like a sister.

When life moved me from Texas to her small town in Tennessee in the summer of 1987, she found a house for us to rent and became, without a doubt, the best friend that I have ever had. After 21 years, she is still my BFFR.

Every Valentine's Day, since 1993 when I moved from middle Tennessee , she has sent me a package of spring time.
It is hard to express how it feels to touch these flowers which were growing in the dirt a few days ago and picked by someone so wonderfully special to me.

5 comments:

The Texican said...

Wow. You really know how to put the pressure on the rest of us. I guess we are going to need to follow suit in order to have any family standing what-so-ever. I'm thinking about the box I'm going to send right now.

beckie said...

Isn't it a joy to have a best friend. And to have that friend be family doubles the delight.

Ruth said...

You are getting a lot of snow! What a lovely Valentine gift and heart warming post.

Beth said...

We are getting a lot of snow, Ruth, I don't know what to do with it all--our driveway is now barely wide enough to drive down now.

Becky, It is a joy to have best friend, I am blessed with a wonderful family.

And Texican--can you put some good salsa and sunshine in that box? loveyou, cuz.

June said...

What a great post! I loved hearing about this.