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Day 359: Gifts

The title of today’s post was a no-brainer, because it’s Christmas Day!

Now I need to make my first decision of this post.  What image should I present?

Checking my trusty iPhone ….

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When I saw this scene last week, even winter felt like a gift to me.

Let’s see what gifts the Google Images Buffet* has to offer us, today!

This photo reminded me of the first time I ever celebrated Christmas in the early 1980’s,  with my then-future-and-now-ex-husband’s family.**

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I can’t make that photo appear larger here, but I am happy to say that finding this photo gave me the gift of discovering another WordPress blogger, theuglyvolvo, whom I am now following. I would like to thank theuglyvolvo for the gift of that photo, and I am looking forward to more gifts from her blog.

To go back to my reason for choosing that photo: My first Christmas with my in-laws was a gift, as was my most recent one with them, last night.

Okay!  It looks like I’m doing Random Thoughts About Gifts!!  I don’t know about you, but I love these Random Thought posts.

Here are some more random thoughts about gifts:

When I was in my early 20’s, I joined an 8-week therapy/support group called “Women and Self Esteem.”  I got a lot of gifts from that group.

For example, I remember a homework assignment where we each chose a hero, who was a woman.  I chose Bonnie Raitt.

Why?

Use your eyes, people!

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Still wondering why I chose Bonnie Raitt?  Use your ears, people!

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And here is Bonnie live, from the 1970s:

And, Bonnie live, from 2012:

There were lots of things I wanted to say, regarding that Women and Self Esteem group, but damn!  Isn’t Bonnie Raitt amazing?  It’s no wonder I picked her as my hero!

Anyway, here’s what I wanted to tell you about that Women and Self Esteem Group:

  1. I got many gifts from the group, which I still use, including the realization that the qualities I admire in others, I may also possess.  (And if I don’t possess them yet, I will most likely acquire them, because I value them so much.)
  2. I gave gifts to other people in that group, although it’s taken me many years to realize and appreciate that.
  3. One of the gifts I gave that stands out for me, now: During one session, I reacted with impatience to another member of the group, which I felt guilty about.  However, during the group’s last session, she told me that my reaction helped her realize something important about herself and her family. She thanked me for that gift, adamantly. I was not able to accept her thanks at the time, because I still felt the guilt about my not-perfectly-polite reaction. But that encounter, which I still remember, was a gift that keeps on giving.

I’m sure I have many other gifts I could share with you, right now.

That last sentence brings me back to my first Christmas with my in-laws, when I was also in my late 20’s. That night, for the first time, I saw a huge display of gifts under a Christmas tree, in person. Let’s see if Google Images can offer up the gift of another photo, that might evoke that experience for me:

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That’s better.

When I first saw a tree with all those gifts, at my in-laws, I froze with amazement and delight. And lots of the gifts were for  ….. me!

Last night, lots of the gifts were for me, too, but most of them weren’t in packages.

Thanks to my heroes, my in-laws, my family, my friends here in the Blog-o-Sphere, and my friends in the Real-Life-o-Sphere.  Whether or not you realize it, you bring me gifts, every day.

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* Searching on the word “gift.”

** Let me know if I need to explain this. It makes sense to me.

*** Thanks to Rolling Stone, for that image.

**** I found that image here. And that first video, also.

***** I found that image here.

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