A Box of Sunshine


Have you ever had someone placed so heavily on your heart you feel like you’re going to suffocate?  I don’t just mean that you think about someone out of the blue whom you haven’t spoken to in a while.  I mean you cannot get this person out of your mind no matter what you do, and it lasts for days.  I have.

I last felt this way in January, 2013.  {Yes, over a year ago.  And, yes, it’s taken me this long to share it with you.}  There is a very special person in my life whom I’ve never met face-to-face.  We met online several years ago as members of a small private group, and we’ve talked on the phone…and we’ve shared together what has likely been one of the most difficult periods of each of our lives.  There’s a bond between us I don’t even share with family and face-to-face friends because they do not ~ they cannot ~ understand what we went through.

Years went by without any sort of communication, until one day in January, 2013.  This lovely individual was placed on my heart so heavily, I thought I was going to suffocate.  Not having been in contact, I was not aware of any personal happenings in her life at the time.  All I knew, and I could not stop thinking about it for days, was that I needed to send my love to this special someone.  She needed a box of sunshine in her life.

I quickly gathered up little items that reminded me of brightness and joy…sunshine.  Things that might make you smile, even on a gloomy January day.  {Not in Arizona.  All we ever have is sunshine.  In fact, will someone please send me a box of ‘coolness’?  I’d really appreciate it right about now.  But, I digress…}

Anyway, simple things like scented bath salts, soap, body wash, a candle and some flavored tea to enjoy a bath to wash her cares away.  Some candy to remind her of the many sweet things in life, even when our path is difficult.  The butterflies on the napkins reminded me of the way we are able, if we choose, to transform so gracefully and elegantly from things we once feel captive of.  The goofy flower pen?  That was just to remind her of her goofy friend in Arizona.

It turns out that special someone was going through some very rough times.  Her being placed so heavily on my heart was for a reason.  I hope the little Box of Sunshine she received on that gloomy day brought her blessings.  Although, truthfully, I don’t know who has been blessed more.  It is because of that contact with her again that I finally, after years of saying ‘no’, caved and created a Facebook page.  I’ve since been able to reconnect with most of that small private group and so many others, old and new.

The moral of this little convoluted story?  Don’t ignore that suffocating feeling!  You just never know whose world you’ll brighten and how many seeds you’ll sow.  Or, it could be a heart attack.  Seek help immediately.

That is all.  

4 thoughts on “A Box of Sunshine

  1. Good Lord, I’m still bawling. I hope you know just how much you and your friendship has meant to me these past 8-9 years. I honestly do not think I would have survived without the support you and the rest of those ladies have given me over the years, but most especially you. You always seemed to sense when I needed a friend without me ever saying a word. You will always hold a special place in my heart. I have never had a sister to share my life with, but if I did I would choose one exactly like you <3

  2. Dear one,
    You are one who brings sunshine where ever you go. I am sure your thoughtfulness was appreciated and your friend the better for it.

    I know my life has been better for our friendship. You have the soft gentleness that I sorely lack!
    hugs honey and cool sweet breezes! (Though being in Texas, those are kind of rare here too!)

    • Mel, you are a sweetheart. You do not lack gentleness! You have a beautiful way of letting people know when they need to straighten up and fly right without being hurtful and tearing them down. I always rely on you for that!

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