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A Special Gift

The “Special” wall in my office.

Yes, I’m alive!

My day job has been unbelievably busy (huge case) and I’m so exhausted when I get home that I veg in front of the television. If I sit down with a book, I fall asleep within minutes. Please don’t even mention writing. It weighs on my mind especially when my next book is over half written. I miss everyone and wanted to let you know I’m safe and that I will be taking a longer break from my blog but plan to be back after the holidays.

During this unbelievably busy time at work, I had an awesome ray of sunshine. It started with this email.

Subject: Question, and I promise I’m not a psycho

Hey Suzie,

I’m gonna start by saying, as I’ve told you before via e-mail, that you are a great role model/inspiration for those of us in our age bracket (or any age bracket, actually) who only think about the things we would like to try or want to do but are either too chicken or don’t believe we should even attempt to try for fear of being let down/failure.  Add to that the fact that you have a kindness for children and animals, and the underdog, that many lack.  I always look forward to reading your posts.  I was looking around on the internet at a friend’s website, and she had a link to some items that I had previous looked at but didn’t purchase.  Well, something made me think of you and what you do and represent….you fight for those who may not be able to fight for themselves, and I don’t know this, but I’m willing to bet you do it with a vengeance.  So long story short, I bought something that I’d love to send to you.  I respect your desire for privacy.  Is there a place that you let people mail things to you?  You don’t know me from Adam, and in your line of work, I’m sure an offer of a gift from a stranger might make you raise an eyebrow.  I can assure you that it isn’t an illegal substance.  ha!  I have some kind of unnamed psychological issue with going to the post office – hate to wait in the dadgum lines – so I can’t promise I’ll actually get it in the mail in the next few days.  But I can manage to get it in the mail next week.  If you are not comfortable with this, I will certainly understand, and I’ll just keep it for myself.  🙂  It won’t be as fitting, but hey, that’s ok! 

Hope you have a great weekend,
Donna

Now, everyone knows I’m a detective and I guard my privacy, real name, and location with a vengeance. BUT, how do I resist Donna? I couldn’t and she had my address within minutes of reading this wonderful email. She sent me a follow-up message when she mailed my surprise and let me know it should be arriving the following Monday.

I worked through the weekend and was so tired my vision was beginning to blur. Don’t worry I wasn’t on the street, just packaging mountains of evidence needing to go to the crime lab. I finished up and realized I didn’t eat lunch so I decided to drive to Subway to grab a sandwich and coke hoping caffeine would help me survive the day.

As I pulled out of the parking lot, I remembered Donna’s gift might be waiting at the post office so I drove there first.

We don’t have home mail delivery in Small Town so the post office is a hub of constant activity. It’s hard to get in and out without stopping to speak with people but somehow I managed. It might possibly have been my tired, unkempt appearance. My looks have been the least of my concerns.

What is it about getting a package in the mail? Through my exhaustion I felt giddy and I hadn’t absorbed my caffeine fix yet. My post office box had a key to a larger box and my heart rate increased even more. The box from Donna was about five inches wide, seven inches long, and two inches deep.

I walked to my car holding it close to my chest. Once I was sitting behind the wheel I should tell you I opened it slowly and delayed the suspense but hell no, I tore into the box with a vengeance.

Inside was a small black jewel type box with the logo “Confidence Beads A World of Good” Inside was a card telling about my bead that was attached to a key ring. There was also a white glossy letter from the company. The following is the first line:

You have received this special gift because someone cares about you!

I was sitting in my car behind tinted windows with tears streaming down my face. I can’t even begin to explain how I felt.

My special and beautiful gift is a Warrior bead. 

I looked around at the people walking past and going about their day. I forgot about my newest heartbreaking case, lack of sleep, frustration, and anger. No one walking by me knew my secret as they went about their business.

Sitting inside my car, looking out at the world was a warrior who could take on the world.

Thank you Donna for reminding me that I’m living my dream. Your gift will forever be special and you will always have a place in my heart. You renewed my inspiration and focused me on what is most important. Love!

I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and I’ll see you back in the New Year.

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  1. November 12, 2012 at 10:21 am

    What a lovely gesture!! You totally deserve it, Suzie! Have a SAFE holiday season!

    • November 12, 2012 at 10:24 am

      You too Meghan! Love your new Pic!!!

  2. November 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

    That is the coolest thing ever! And I agree with everything Donna said. You are an inspiration and a warrior! And you are wonderful!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season, too.

    • November 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Thank you Julia, this gift simply made my year!

  3. November 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Inspirational warrior – that describes you VERY WELL. WTG Donna! WTG Suzie!

    Okay, I’ve just got to ask. What’s the deal with the raindeer head on your special wall?

    • November 12, 2012 at 1:09 pm

      My old partner Jim is a hunter. When he went to his new department he gave me the stuffed animal trophy head as a going away gift so I wouldn’t forget him. He also did it to give me a hard time about my aversion to hunting. Jim was quite proud of himself and I love my stuffed deer head.

  4. Marcia kester Doyle
    November 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Hi Suzie! I tried to leave a comment for you about 6 weeks ago but it never went through. I tried several times but I think it just went into spam. I wrote a blog post awhile back called Bloggy Buddy Awards where I gave you an award–the Liebster Award. If you still want it, please stop by, cut and paste the award and add it to your site. Congratulations! P.S, I also added you to my sidebar blog roll! http://Menopausalmother.blogspot.com

    ________________________________

    • November 12, 2012 at 4:33 pm

      I rescued this one from the spam folder, darn WordPress. I love your blog and will head over and look at the award. Thank you for your awesomeness and I’ll add you to my blogroll so my friends can understand why I say this.

  5. Donna
    November 12, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    So glad you love your bead! You are truly a Warrior Woman! Thanks for the inspiration you give your readers.

    Love the deer head – I’d much rather look at that than the real ones any day. By chance are those braids, or is that a rope that is to the left of the deer?

    • November 12, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      The sweet grass braid to the left was given to me by a very good friend in town to push negative energy away. People think I’m crazy for hanging it in my office when I tell them what it’s for but it’s special and part of my “Warrior Wall,” so named since my bead arrived. There’s actually a plaque above the picture where I was honored with employee of the year. I cut it from the pic because my department name is at the top. Thank you Donna and please read the AHOP comment. Annie has a way with words and captures the “moment” perfectly.

  6. November 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Getting a gift from a stranger (an angel in your midst) is totally awesome — I know first-hand. And what is so special about this is that this person buys or makes you something with only YOU in mind and you’re hundreds or thousands of miles away and you haven’t a clue someone is thinking of you at that moment, and that you have touched someone so deeply. It really is the most sincere and gratifying compliment you can receive. Well-deserved and pure awesomeness!

    • November 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm

      It was such an “angel” moment. I was incredibly humbled. So nice to here from you Annie {hugs}.

  7. November 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    That was so cool Suzie. You are well deserved and miss you!

    • November 12, 2012 at 8:44 pm

      I miss you and miss Blogher and all my friends over there too!

  8. Lulu
    November 13, 2012 at 1:08 am

    I was so glad to see a new post Suzie – I was worried. Worried that perhaps Clint had backfired or something!!! 🙂 Sorry you have been busy and burdened, but happy that you are ok. Enjoy the holiday season “Winsome Warrior”.

    • November 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

      Clint is doing well. It’s getting cold here so I don’t visit the range as often so he waits impatiently for my touch 🙂

  9. srs35
    November 13, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Suzie, glad you are doing well, awesome gift (the bead), but maybe you would want to blurr out the keys on that picture? You never know.. Take care! Sveta.

    Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:09:46 +0000 To: sveta_sears@msn.com

    • November 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      Hi Sveta, my keys are pretty generic so I’m safe but thank you for thinking of me. My handcuff key is getting kind of beat up but it has a flashlight and I can uncuff in the dark. They make them in pink now so as soon as this one finally dies, I’ll order the pink to go with my cuffs. They really need to come out with my model Glock in pink too.

  10. November 13, 2012 at 6:22 am

    What a beautiful thing to do. You are an inspiration, Suzie. I’m glad you got affirmed at a time when you were tired and needed a boost.

    Give yourself a break about the blogging. I’ll be here reading when you’re back. I’ve been rather lackadaisical myself. (And I probably butchered the spelling of that word but am too lazy to look it up.)

    Keep writing. You’re amazing. I’m still slugging through my second book. I don’t know how you do it. Have a great holiday season.

    • November 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      You too Christine. I’m sorry to say but I’m glad I’m not the only one slugging through a book and unable to get it finished. I don’t feel quite so alone 🙂

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