I was visiting my local bank and the teller was reading my deposit slip and said, "Caren Gittleman! I know YOU! YOU write Cat Chat!! I LOVE your blog!!!" I stood there dumbfounded. I have readers everywhere but never once have I met anyone locally who not only recognized my name, but tied it to Cat Chat! I felt like a celebrity!
Then, a couple of weeks ago my husband came home from the bank with a bag, no he didn't rob the bank and says, "This is from ______ she said to give this to you."
I opened the bag to find these!
|She included a note|
"The left paw raised means wealth,
the right paw raised means protection"
What made me gasp in surprise was the unexpected gift AND the coincidence that just a week or so earlier I had sent nearly the EXACT kitties to a dear blogging friend for her birthday. Then out of the blue, someone gives ME the SAME kitties!
They couldn't have come at a better time. I hadn't been feeling well the entire summer, and I was about to have my next lithotripsy . I was overcome with having received the most unexpected and touching thought and gift from someone that I barely knew.
A few days later my new friend emailed me and told me that since she is a huge cat lover, she has all sorts of kitty items that she had picked up through the years and had no room for, she asked if I would like some.
Here are a few of the treasures that she sent home with my husband for me.
|I ADORE this lamp!|
You can't see but it is a CAT!
It is so pretty lit as it is now
It leaves a most beautiful
image on the wall
|A "gray kitty" Suncatcher|
I have it hanging in my kitchen
She said the kitty
reminded her of Cody
In her lovely email I learned that my new friend has had 14 cats and 6 female Siberian Huskies! Currently she has 6 cats and 2 huskies.
She mentioned that as we would imagine a "small fortune has been spent over the years taking care of 20 pets" but they have all "so enriched her life and given her joy, love and companionship" that she couldn't imagine not having them. She went on to say that "being broke when she retires won't really matter!"
It is the unexpected connection, the unexpected surprise, the unexpected kindness that one shows to another that are gifts that money can't buy. I am thankful to know such a thoughtful and caring person and hope that one day I can warm her heart and face with the glow of being the recipient of an unexpected act of kindness, the way she warmed mine!
What about you?
What surprises, coincidences or unexpected acts of kindness have you been the recipient of lately or have you recently given these gifts to another?
Tell me, I would love to read about them!