Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Elizabeth's Gift

A friend of mine dropped by today. She called and said she had something for me. Never in a million years could I have guessed what it was. I met Elizabeth at the door and she held out her gift. It was in a little red bag. I carefully picked up the contents and felt a glass jar. I pulled it out of the wrapping paper and there was a pint jar of those red candied apple slices that I wrote about on the blog last month at Thanksgiving. Elizabeth was recently offered some by her Aunt Betty, only her Aunt Betty called them her homemade candied pickles. When Elizabeth tasted them she was sure they were what I had written about on the blog. So she brought a jar to me today. That gesture on Elizabeth's part meant so much to me.

Paul was here and opened the jar for me. I dipped my fingers into the ruby red pickles and popped a slice into my mouth. My whole being was swept back into my childhood as taste and fragrance were powerful transporters. We talked and laughed while I ate a few more slices. Although I have not been able to "connect" with many friends over the past three years, Elizabeth's gift reminded me that friends are there, reading the blog, praying, and loving as they always have. And I loved spending time with my friend today. My closing thought for this post comes from the song of David, "Oh taste and see that the Lord is good." Thank you, Elizabeth.