It’s coming up on the season of gift giving and thus the topic of this week’s blog. There are many types of gift giving, and some of the best cost no money. Giving someone the gift of your time is probably highest on the list: watching the grandkids so the kids can go have a romantic night out, spending an afternoon with an elderly friend, or taking a gal pal out for lunch or happy hour. They all work. Passing on a package of books that you’ve read and know a friend will enjoy, is another. Baking a cake, pie, or holiday bread, is a gift of love.
For the writers amongst us, I have this treasure on gifts. Laurie Hutzler www.etbscreenwriting.com a screenwriter from whom I took several online classes gets full credit, although I’m paraphrasing here, because I don’t remember the exact words:
Every love story, buddy story, partnership story, is about the exchange of gifts: emotional, spiritual, or personality, and they come from the character’s strongest traits. The hero and heroine both have something of value to give the other. Focus your story around how the character dismisses the other’s gifts, then exchanges them, and ultimately is changed by them.
It was a delightful luncheon, at Bailey’s winery. This is a photo of a gate in their courtyard.
On the invitation, Marge and Kent requested no gifts. At first it felt strange not to bring anything, so I found a funny card that I knew would tickle their fancy. Then I got to thinking, if you’ve been married for fifty years, what would you want as a gift? It certainly wouldn’t be another item to dust or polish. I’d have most likely given them a gift card. But no gift was the best, because I knew what they wanted was to celebrate their special moment with family, friends, old and new, and that the greatest gift we could give them was our time. I took a bunch of photographs and sent those on after the event, with my thank you. Here’s part of the happy group:
In my family we keep gift giving fairly simple. What type of gift giver are you? Are you creative, a baker, knitter, or artist? As a gift receiver, what do you value?