Time Warp Tuesday: Gifts

We’re revisiting posts about “gifts” for Time Warp Tuesday, the monthly blog hop offered by Kathy at Bereaved and Blessed. A timely topic for the month of the Magi, fully-laden sleighs and gelt.

Kathy directs us this month to:

Choose a post from your archives in which you wrote about one or more gifts that you gave and/or received and what that experience meant to you. The gift(s) don’t have to be connected to a holiday. Then write a new post on your blog about why you chose the post that you did and what has happened in your life since.

On my 40th birthday while relaxing in the bathtub, I had a vision, a hauntingly beautiful daydream. I was the honoree of some sort of  celebration, and a bunch of women came to offer me gifts. The beauty of the vision was, in part, because of the identities of these women, not to mention the meaningful presents they brought with them.

Years later, I turned that vision into a post, and long-time readers may remember it because it was on the Creme de la Creme list that year. I offer you Presence.

Faces by C Victor Posing

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This month I am again celebrating a milestone birthday. While I used to look forward to what people would buy me, now I notice quite often that I am surrounded by gifts all year long. My body is healthy and strong. My children, also healthy and strong, continue their march from total dependence on me to independence — I get to witness their emerging wit and individuality and all that goes along with their becoming. I love my job and I am fortunate to have the time to write, thanks in large part to my husband, who is supportive of my efforts. My parents and my sisters are people I love hanging out with, and I am gobsmacked about my incredible luck in being related to them. I have an amazing circle of friends both IRL and URL.

I have everything I need in all the ways that matter. Gifts? I got ’em.

Wishing you the best kind of presence in this month of giving and receiving.

Click over to Time Warp Tuesday to read more posts about gifts, and maybe even add your own (even if it’s no longer Tuesday).

Image: C Victor Posing, used with permission.

8 thoughts on “Time Warp Tuesday: Gifts”

  1. That was a great post! This one too…

    While I have everything I need in all the ways that matter too, I still would like some actual gifts sometimes. Because sometimes you need proof/validation that someone listens to you and knows what you like…

  2. I can identify with a lot of what you say here … lately I’ve been marveling at my gifts. Yes, I’d really like a job. (I almost asked the Santa at the mall, and then decided that would be entirely too pathetic.) And I get what a. says about getting gifts that show people know you. But really? I am blessed beyond deserving. 🙂

    Thanks for this.

  3. “I have everything I need in all the ways that matter. Gifts? I got ‘em.

    Wishing you the best kind of presence in this month of giving and receiving.”


    You are so awesome my friend. I love how you challenge me (in a good way) to think about things from a different perspective.

    As you know I have spent my day at a “balanced living” workshop and even made my first vision board earlier today. One of the things that really spoke to me through the vision board exercise was how hard my husband and I worked to build our family/to become who we are now and how I need to work harder now to enjoy it! My family may not look like how I hoped and dreamed we’d be, but we are still an awesome family and I want to appreciate, focus on and be in the moment with that/us!

    Thank you so much for doing the Time Warp again this month! I am glad that this topic spoke to you and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to revisit that post with you (or in my case absorb it for the first, and certainly not the last, time)!

  4. I have thought many times since your Presence post about the image you paint of your teenagers: “The one knows how to trip all her wires and the other is just growing up and away too quickly.” Even though they were so young when you wrote that, it seemed so prescient at the time and becomes so more all the time — though gladly the growing away of the other is not yet upon you.

    Happy milestone.

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