Since Brian and I just moved, we've received some thoughtful cards and acts of kindness as housewarming gifts. My favorite gift, probably one of the best in my life, was something we received recently from my friend Lisa. She came over for a play date and brought a housewarming gift.
She started by saying (and the girl should be a public speaker because she knows how to work it and she's so sincere and honest), "now this is a tradition I want to share with you for your new home." She held out a basket filled with three things: salt, bread, and a bottle of wine. She went on to quote It's a Wonderful Life saying,
"Bread-that this house may never know hunger.
Salt-That life may always have flavor.
Wine-that joy and prosperity may reign forever."
George and Mary say this in the movie when they help the immigrant family, the Martinis, move into their home. How sweet is that? This is such a simple gesture, but means so much. That was truly one of my favorite gifts of all time. If you know someone who just made a move into the neighborhood, this would be such a thoughtful gesture. Perhaps they don't drink wine? I think sparkling cider would work well too and you can just call it wine. If you're not one for speeches, print this little message on a card. So sweet.
My parents recently found and returned a dog that had been missing for 2 weeks. It showed up at their house, took off, and then my parents drove around looking for it because they had a hunch it was in trouble. When they called the owner, she couldn't believe it. How neat is that!?
Do you have any random acts of kindness that you'd like to share? Maybe something you saw happen or something someone did for you? I love these stories-they're the news we need to hear.