Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Gifts




My story, Something Borrowed, was released by The Wild Rose Press this week. At first I thought it looked kind of silly there among all the Santa and misletoe stories. It's about a woman going to a wedding where her ex and his new bride will be in attendance. Rather than go alone and feel a bit pitiful she decides to hire an escort -- the best studly specimen that money can buy.


But Jody never considers not going to the wedding. She knows her presence is important to her cousin. And that very quality of hers kind of makes this a holiday story -- that generosity of self.
My husband and I experienced a lot of that type of generosity this weekend. He sustained a bad knee injury -- the writhing in pain kind. The emergency room gave him morphine but there was no orthopedic surgeon on staff so they sent him home for the weekend. So many friends showed up for us -- with medical equipment, food or to walk the dog. Another friend arranged medical transport to get him to the orthopedist today.

Their presence was a present. This holiday I need no gifts with bows and wrapping paper because I've already been blessed with such generosity. And in the future I'm going to always try to be there for friends whether it's by the hospital bed, at the wedding or the egg nog party. As Woody Allen said, "Ninety percent of life is just showing up."

6 comments:

margaret blake said...

Kathy, You dont have to try to be kind to people, you just are. It comes natural to you, and I know that from first hand experience. That is why people came to help you and Doug, they know the kind of person you are!

I red Something Borrowed, it is a lovely story. Jody gets such a gorgeous hunk to take her to the wedding...lucky, lucky gal.

Margaret.

Sarita Leone said...

Kathy, congratulations on the release of Something Borrowed. I've waited with so much eagerness for this story! I know it's going to be wonderful. I'm very much looking forward to reading it. :)

And I'm so so sorry to hear of your husband's injury. Knees can be beyond words painful. My own surgery-scarred knees know that well. :) I hope things work out well for both of you and the most painless solution to this injury is found. I'll be thinking of you.

Love your post. You're so right, selfless giving and simply being in attendance through good times and bad is much more special than anything gaily wrapped.

Debbie Wallace said...

Oh! Oh! I think I goofed in an earlier. When you mentioned orthopedic surgeon I commented that surgery in the mouth isn't a picnic...why did I think orthopedic was dental work?

I don't know what I was thinking but obviously I didn't know what I was talking about. That happens once in a blue moon. Okay, maybe more often than I'd like:)

Debbie Wallace said...

Oh Kathy! And by the way, lovely book cover. Congratulations on your new release.

Kathleen said...

Thanks for all the good wishes. Will keep you posted. You were thinking oral surgery, Debbie. And yucky though that is I think we'd prefer it since Doug just had knee replacement surgery on this same knee in July.

Debbie Wallace said...

I hope all goes well for him Kathy. I dread the thought of ANY kind of surgery...I'm a chicken.