The presents have been unwrapped.
The non-stop Christmas music has stopped.
Mom has gone to Christmas mass and out for dinner.
The brother and his significant other have come and gone.
The amount of pasta and cookies eaten this past week has exceeded expectations.
I’ve determined that I love Kentucky bourbon barrel beer.
And both Gibbs and Ziva have been immortalized.
This was an unexpected gift. From a young woman who cunningly asked me for photos of Gibbs and Ziva because, “Oh, they are so cute!” And from a local artist, with two cats of her own, who captured the essence of these two in a perfect manner. Natasha’s daughter visits often and adores Gibbs, while she laughs at Ziva’s goat-like caterwauling. She honored me with this painting that brought me to verklempt status. This was not only an unexpected gift, but also a very special one.
I received many awesome gifts this year, including a new laptop, mittens from Norway, a selfie stick, a gift card to my favorite restaurant, and a new cat tree for the felines. I feel very blessed.
But I can’t stop looking at the painting. It’s the wallpaper on the new laptop. I smile every time I look at those faces. I admire the artist’s abilities and a young lady’s super sweet intentions.
There is nothing better than receiving that one remarkable gift that stands out among the rest. The one that will be hard to forget.
The one that comes directly from the heart.