8.24.2008

Restitution...

I've had many comments on my last posting about honesty. After writing it, I recalled how 2 Christmases ago, I made a promise that I didn't keep. Each year the women at church have a dinner and a fun White Elephant Gift exchange. On this particular year, there was an icecream sandwhich maker that was getting snagged and had exchanged hands a few times before it landed safely into someone's lap. Laura C* is a fantastic cook/baker/chef. She had her eye on it but it slipped from her grasp. My sister Cara had given me one years before hand...and I had never used it. So I told Laura, "Hey, I have one of those. I'll give it to you."



Well, then it was January 2007...June 2007....October...oops a new year...2008...February 2008...July 2008...

Yep...AUGUST 2008. I hadn't gone through with what I had promised. Now, it wasn't a super big deal. She probably thought I had said it in passing. She probably even forgot I had offered it. But I remembered and it still lay, new in package, on my shelf. This morning, I wrapped it up pretty in wrapping paper tied with organza ribbon and attached a fun card to it. Laura was so surprised by it. She was delighted to receive a gift...as she is one who is so very giving and generous.

Why did I finally give it to her? Well....typically it is difficult, if not impossible to make restitution for things left undone, unsaid...or worse...things that did much harm or words which were cruel. And in this very simple and silly case, I could fix my mistake.

It made her day...and mine!

6 comments:

Lin said...

giving when unexpected is so fun...for both people involved...we all could do more in this regard to those we love and care about....

mom/caryn said...

You took a giant step with this decision to follow through on your promise.

It's an inspiration to me. I love it when someone lifts you to a higher place...where they do something that forces you to throw the javelin further than you've ever thrown it before. You have done that for me with this lovely post. I thank you!

What lovely character you possess!

Kim P said...

Dawn,
What a GREAT story! I think it is easy to let forgotten promises go aside...we figure the other person probably forgot so why bother? Your willingness to send this gift (with a FABULOUS card, I'm sure!) shows your generosity and integrity! I consider it a blessing to get to know you...even if it is in the cyber world!!

Blessings,
Kim

Paper Makeup said...

awww, what a great story. Good for you!

Starla (star) said...

You know, what a great lesson!! It's NEVER to late to try and correct a wrong or do what is right.

KOstvig said...

way to go.....