One thing that has surprised us immensely is that when you have cancer, people give you things. We have received so many gifts over the last few months–everything from gas cards to an elliptical machine.
Our church was wonderful and provided a meal a day for two full weeks after surgery, and people keep asking if we need more. It was such a blessing for people to take time not only to make the meals but deliver them, as well. I’m certain we will accept their generosity again after my next surgery.
We have been given a couple large gifts of money, which have quite literally been life savers. I am unable to work right now and while farming is fulfilling in many ways. . . it’s not always the most lucrative. God is meeting our needs.
My favorite gift of all came in a care package from my lifelong friend. She lives in Houston and mailed the prettiest box with miscellaneous things in it. One of those things was a box of taco shaped bandaids.
Why is this little gift my favorite? I think it’s because I don’t need it, it’s just fun. I like quirky little things like that and Charlene knows me. It’s something that speaks of friendship, relationship, knowing.
I am so grateful for all of the gifts. I hope nobody reading gets me wrong. But somehow gifts that point to the need I have due to cancer are a little different–a little more difficult. Nobody wants to feel like they need charity, and though truly nobody has made us feel like a charity case, we sometimes do it to ourselves. People have simply been led to share what they have and have wanted to bless us. We are so grateful.
Taco bandaids are something nobody ever needs. But they make me smile, and some days I need that very much.