Gentle Readers . . and Maxwell,
As you may recall, I gave my (former) mother-in-law a hint before I sent the box filled with 82 birthday cards for her. I said, I'm sending you a box with 82 birthday cards in it.
She seemed a bit bewildered and then excited by the thought that people all over the U.S. AND in other countries had sent cards for her 80th birthday.
Well, a few days after she received the box she called me. (Get out your hankie.)
She said she had the cards in a basket next to her and she had looked through all of them and was re-reading some each day. She couldn't believe what beautiful cards they were and that so many of you wrote kind notes to her. She asked me to thank you and tell you how much the cards mean to her.
Then she said it, the thing that really got me. She said, This makes me feel as if my life has been worthwhile.
Take heart, Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell. You've done a good thing.
Please don't fret if I haven't mentioned receiving your card. They continue to trickle in, and I'll be sending her more as they arrive. The mail seems to be a bit slower coming from some countries. It's okay. She'll be happy to get more cards. It gives her something exciting to look forward to now that the holidays are over.
I thank you. I feel such gratitude for all of you, whether you sent a card or not. And so many of you tweeted or mentioned on your blogs that I was gathering cards. Thank you. And thank you again.
Infinities of love,