Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Thought That Counts

I have a secret friend. Well, I'm sure this friend is actually someone I know and speak with on a regular basis. But...

Every Valentine's Day for the last 20-25 years I have received a small card in the mail. No return address, no readable postmark, no name.

Handmade card with typewritten address.

Inside the card is written a lovely message:
Hoping I am a fabulous friend back at my "secret" friend.
When I received my first card sometime in the late 80's/early 90's I was perplexed. Who was it? I remember little confetti bits failing out of one of the cards onto my counter one year. I haven't kept the cards. I wish I had taken pictures of them though. They do sit on my window ledge for a few weeks and I think how cool it is that someone has been so thoughtful. 

As each year passed, I began to think how nice it is to remember others "anonymously". A few days before Valentine's Day I begin to wonder when the card will arrive. And true enough on either February 13th or 14th it appears.

At first it bothered me that I didn't know who was sending these. I can eliminate a few friends who I met after the first cards arrived, but I still have 5 or so longtime friends who would not only be capable of creating these, but who I consider true friends. Perhaps it is a family member. But whoever it is has not missed one year.

I don't dwell on the "who" anymore.

I dwell on the "thought".

Cause sometimes it is the thought that counts.


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Nancy J said...

Mystery in the post, from a real friend who cares a lot. love the heart and words, a treasure to ponder over. Cheers, Jean.

Beth Ann said...

That is one of the most awesome things I have heard in a while.

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Rhonda said...

What an awesome and thoughtful person! We should all do more things like this for people... sigh.

Cheri said...

Love love love. :-)

Cynthia said...

What a sweet mystery. Lucky you!

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