Wednesday, December 31, 2008

755: Autumn's Gift

EngineRed CarnationWelcome Home Reception

At around 2:00 in the morning, I stagger back into my home for the first time in weeks... Immediately I am overwhelmed with the absence of everything I left behind... It's all gone... The only thing left in the living room is an empty coffee table, resting on a perfectly clean carpet... No laptop, no piles of movies, no silver ware, no toasters, even the couch cushions are missing...

I just sigh as I put down my bags and think, well we needed a new couch anyway....

But no, upstairs is the rest of the joke...
Autumn cleaned the house from top to bottom, including removing all the wine stains from my carpet and doing all of my laundry... And then in an absolute haze I start opening the wrapping of all the gifts that are strewn across my bed.
In the end I got just what I wanted, even though they were mostly things I already owned...

It was cracking me up the whole time to one by one find all my favorite things... She wrapped my laptop, digital cameras, silver ware, toilet paper, tylenol, perfume, books, jewelry, toaster, cranberry pyrex, games, and even my wallet...

So in a funny way, it was a great way to look back and be thankful for the things I have had all along as well as the gift of having people in my life that take the time to crack me up at three in the morning and know what I needed most, which was a clean start to a new year and new purse to hide all the receipts.

Awesome thing to come home to, and I am still finding all the things she has meticulously hid around the house...

2 comments:

Inquiring Mind - (Connie) said...

Friends who will clean up after you AND gift wrap the flotsam - priceless! Welcome back to the tundra, Gidget

Miss Clare said...

Thanks, I really am lucky to have a quality handful of friends that care about me...
Like I said, it is rare to find anyone who knows you so well as to amass all of my favorite possessions in wrapping and know that the thing I needed most of all was a clean start to the new year and people who cared to put it all in perspective.

I like being back, so far the kids are making it worth every minute.