I hold that while the big things are nice, it’s the little things that really matter in a relationship. I don’t mean a romantic relationship either. Have you ever had a friend who just got it? The ones who don’t care if your house is messy, they just love having a warm cup of tea with you. The ones who don’t care what you look like, just as long as you can laugh together. These are the people I keep around me in my personal life, and it means the world to me. It never ceases to totally surprise me though when one of these awesome people does something that seems so small to some, but is so meaningful. Recently one of my friends, Meg, did this for me.
When Meg and her husband showed up a few weeks ago to visit with Andy and I, and another couple we love hanging out with, she came with a beautiful old basket in hand. It was stunning. She then handed it to me. I didn’t know why. Her answer was simple: she thought of me when she saw it. That alone meant so much to my heart. Then she told me the story behind it. An elderly woman had passed away on the small island where her family has a home. Meg walked by as the woman’s family was cleaning out the house and spotted the basket. They were getting rid of it. She thought of me and saved it. It was a little mildewy too so she cleaned it, and then painted the outside of it. Simply because she thought I would like it. My heart melted a little bit.
…sweet vintage napkins…
Once I got to the bottom I realized it wasn’t a normal basket – it was a pie basket. I had been casually looking for a pie basket that I loved for a while. This basket is going to be something I take good care of so I can hopefully be carrying pies and other yummy things in it for a long time to come. It’s so beautiful, but the meaning behind it is even more beautiful to me.
I’m an extremely sentimental person, but it’s something that’s hard for me to admit and express sometimes in person, though I’m never shy of saying a very genuine thank you. Spilling my sentimental guts is where it gets hard for me, so it’s easier for me to write.
The point is, sometimes it’s the smallest thing in life that mean the most to people and I’m one of those people. Then again, I guess that’s why I have the friends I do. We care about each other in the small ways. The ways that we’ll do something just because it made us think of the other and we know they would appreciate it. It’s not about being lovey dovey, it’s not about looking for a “thank you”, it’s simply about expressing appreciation for who the person is. I hope I return this to my friends enough, because they make my life so colorful and wonderful and beautiful.
I’m so thankful for friends. Also, I’m thankful for friends who love salvaging and saving beautiful pieces, and picking the free tables at the dump as much as I do.
Do small things mean a lot to you too? Are you sentimental also?