Reaching into the mailbox, I had a real nice surprise. A year’s subscription to the Reader’s Digest!!! Courtesy my SIL. Grinning from ear to ear, I called her immediately and thanked her of course. There were so many things about it that I loved.
Reader’s Digest is one of my all time favorite magazines. It brings back memories of reading old issues sitting on a bench with an old almonard fan whirring above in the rice basin of India, in my mom’s maternal home. It reminds me of my mom’s uncle whom I call Athimber just like she does. He used to bring back preserved cherries from a bakery in Kumbakonam a couple of hours drive away. Reminds me of wonderful vacations spent reading books and exploring the house and the years of relics stored in wooden almirahs.
Shaking myself from the memories, I realized why receiving this in the mail today was so special. It is probably the first time somebody has given me a gift that was totally unexpected. Without expectations. It made me felt loved.
It made me realize why I should never give up hope. Ever. It may sound silly but I check my postal mail everyday. Wondering if someday someone would write me a proper letter like the good old days. Ones that start with “How are you? Hope this finds you in the pink of health as the same attends on me here.” The kind of letters my grandfather used to write to me. The kind of letters I started with help from Wren and Martin. Finding a package like today is the reason I check mail every day. It makes me want to keep the hope alive. For life.
So, for all the nice feelings I have today. I thank you A!! You made my day!!!