|"The Perfect Gift" 5"x 7" oil on gessobord ©2014 Tina M Welter|
When I think of the delight of perfect gifts, I think of the movie the "A Christmas Story". Young Ralphie spends the whole movie thinking his requests for his perfect gift - the Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and "this thing which tells time" - are not being heard or even worse, being dismissed. Who hasn't experienced that intense combination of hope and uncertainty?
For me, it was a wish for an acoustic guitar when I was 17. Being a teenager and shy, I don't recall being very direct about what I wanted, plus it was one of those things I had deemed "too expensive" to even ask for. But like Ralphie, I was completely stunned when my Dad surprised me with the desired guitar on Christmas morning. It was a second hand guitar, a bit worn, but I didn't care. What filled my heart was knowing that Dad had heard what I wanted and did his best to make it happen.
Isn't that the key thing, the perfect gift is the feeling of having our wants and needs heard and noticed? So my advice on finding the perfect gift is to really listen. It may not be a "thing" at all, perhaps it is a wish for time spent together or an experience to share. I hope I have given you something worth thinking about as well as a new painting image to enjoy.
Happy listening! All my best wishes for a joyous season of giving and receiving.
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