Small Joy

Recent­ly, a request for shorts in size 4/5 for the poster’s 13-year-old daugh­ter came to me through a local Freecy­cle list. Minor request, but I don’t think many peo­ple respond to requests. I read them, but am not usu­al­ly able to help.

This time we could. shad­owkatt had, in fact, just recent­ly packed a big box of clothes she’s out­grown, and the approx­i­mate size range was right. Were there shorts in there? Maybe, but I was reluc­tant to spelunk for them.

But I did respond. It got a box out of our way, right? And that was, hon­est­ly, my main thought right at that moment. Anoth­er box was gone. Yay!

Then we got the nicest note back yes­ter­day from the girl’s moth­er. Her daugh­ter was able to wear just about every­thing in the box and was absolute­ly tick­led to have new clothes, espe­cial­ly since they’re recent­ly pur­chased enough to be fashionable.

A minor thing, but it pleased me all out of pro­por­tion to what we’d actu­al­ly giv­en. It remind­ed me of the real joy of giving.

I’ll be pay­ing more atten­tion to those Want­ed posts now. I’m sure I’ve missed some requests that I could have fulfilled. 

How about you? What have you giv­en lately?

Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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