Wow, wow, wow.
I came home today to find a stamp-kissed package perched on my doorstep.
SUFEY CHEN — it sang in big bold letters.
BERGMAN — it was a love-box from darling miss wendy.
Open me, it teased. I shrieked like a child on Christmas Day.
I gingerly peeled open the first layer and gasped:
a beautiful family of polka-dotted packages peeked out under pretty yellow flowers.
I counted them— 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, seven.
My goodness, Wendy Bergman, you’ve outdone yourself.
I opened the gifts before the letter, as per instructions.
I bubbled up in happy exclamations:
peanut butter M&Ms + fuzzy peaches (I haven’t had these since I was a kid!)
a box of funky-coloured straws (I love sipping through straws!)
The Book of Awesome (I’ve been dying to read that!)
Chicken Soup for the Soul word-finds (perfect for the plane ride to Maui!)
bright pink nail polish (my favourite colour!)
Hello Kitty band-aids (oh. my. god. Hello Kitty!!!!)
and two beeeautiful drawings from Gracie and Charlie.
I tore open the letter and tears sprung to my eyes.
That Wendy would take the time to create such a beautiful gift—
such an incredibly sweet, thoughtful, big-hearted gift—
made me so very happy and gooey and glowy inside.
And the letter, oh. It overflowed precious wisdom for my hungry soul:
Life sometimes has a way of knocking us down
and making us question everything about ourselves.
The best advice I can give you is to just let this time
wash over you like waves over stone.
This experience is meant to polish and strengthen you;
ultimately to make you even more beautiful.
This little gift’s purpose is to help you connect with your inner child
(Gracie picked most of the gifts for you),
as the best things to heal our wounds are
hello kitty bandaids,
cold milk through a straw,
a fresh coat of pink nail polish,
an easy word find to build your confidence
and a good book to fill your soul.
All our love,
Gracie & Wendy
Gracie and Wendy, thank you.
Your sweet, selfless act brought so much joy to me today.
Thank you for your healing love in a time of need.
You are genuine pearls in an ocean of empty shells.
And I’m — really, truly, heart-too-fully — lucky to be your friend.
I’m sipping cold milk through a straw right now.
And somehow it makes everything a million times better.