On Thanks, Gifts, and Giving

I read an article in the Chicago Tribune this past Sunday that literally moved me to tears. Full disclosure, that’s not actually saying much, I’m kind of a crybaby.


The article, titled “The Gifts that Stay with us for a Lifetime” by Heidi Stevens, was about the best gifts that people have received. The columnist asked about their most “cherished gift ever”.

Reading through the responses made me happy, sad, and grateful.
It got me thinking on how I would answer the question.

And also, how YOU would.

I’d like to spend the next few weeks collecting stories about the gifts you have received that resonated. A thing or experience you’ve been given that changed your attitude, made you respond in an unexpected way, or otherwise impacted your life. What do you hold onto after all this time? The gift doesn’t have to be a physical thing. It doesn’t have to be holiday related. It just needs to be important to you.

I want you to share your story about thanks, gifts, and giving.
And then I want to share those stories in a Monday Blog.

I hope you accept this assignment. I hope you have accumulated so many wonderful gifts that the only challenging part is deciding which story to select.

Please send your Thanks, Gifts, and Giving story to LiteraryMary@comcast.net

And when the stories are posted, I hope reading them makes you happy, sad, and grateful.
But beware, you may tear up a little.

About Mary Fran Says

I am an artist, crafter, designer and writer. I enjoy working with mixed media-- applying visual and tactile manipulations to telling a story. Not a lot of market for that, though, :), so I'm focusing on short story submissions and novel completions. Yes, plural. Lots of beginnings, too many ideas, not enough focus.
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