A gift of love
Two people surprised me with some love this week.
I know. Why am I still surprised? But I am.
The first came from a Stranger Friend. As in, I have never met this person, ever. We are not Facebook friends or acquaintances or friend-of-a-friends. From across the country, this Stranger Friend clicked her way to the “help” button and gave money “for the gym.”
My friend who manages the “help stuff” told me about it, and I was baffled. I said, “I don’t feel like I should accept it. I’m not in the heat of the cancer battle any more. I’m not worthy of such gift-i-ness.”
My helper friend pretty much shrugged and said, “Well, it’s already done. Accept it.”
I walked away feeling l.o.v.e.d. and also wowed at the generosity of this Stranger Friend.
So I’ve been thinking about what to say to this Stranger Friend for the past few days, and I haven’t said anything yet because she is so awesome, and I am so, well, I’m just me. Think about how you would feel if someone you never met gave you money you weren’t expecting for something like a gym membership. “Thank you” seems inadequate, and “can you please explain yourself” seems interrogative. (I just want to understand the love!) I do know that someone selfless and generous enough to give money to a stranger is someone that I want to hang out with!
While I’ve been muddling around in my brain all week about what do say about this Stranger Love, my Real Life Friend popped over today and handed me a little key card. Real Life Friend waltzed herself into the gym and told them she wanted to pay for my membership for three months. So they signed her (me) right up, and she was sort of mad at them because they wouldn’t let her gift it to me anonymously. (She’s disappointed, but I’m so glad to know who it was!) Real Life Friend left me with a little key card, but also with very real tears as I accepted her selfless gift.
And I know it was all just meant to be because the money that Stranger Friend gave me is the exact amount needed to pay for the childcare at the gym for the length of the membership that Real Life Friend bought.
And no, they don’t know each other. They both acted according to their own conscious and pointed their love at me. And hit the mark perfectly.
Thanks to Real Life Friend Love and Stranger Friend, the stars have aligned so that I have a “Free
Two Week Three Month Pass” to the gym. I get to keep swimming and varying my exercise routine. Brad and I get to skip the conversation wherein we look at our budget to decide what else can get cut. Which, for those of you budget-ers out there, you know is a really great conversation to not have to have!
Sometimes I feel self-conscious about over-sharing on the Internet. I never want to seem greedy or be fawning for attention, or (worse) money. I hope that my story brings peace to other cancer patients and their families. I hope that sharing pieces of myself out loud on the Internet makes other people (you) softer. Kinder. Hopeful. I hope that as I try to see the best in my world, you try to see the best in yours. I hope that Stranger Friend and Real Life Friend inspire you to be like them. Because wouldn’t the world be better if there were more people like them? I want more people to know this kind of love.
Thank you Stranger Friend. Thank you Real Life Friend. I want to be like you. Thanks for inspiring me. Let’s be Friends Forever, okay?