Words on Wednesday …

4 Nov

It happens when things don’t necessarily go your way. You’re late, your friend didn’t come through, you ran out of time, it wasn’t there anymore. These are all reasons we do it.

The emergency gift.

There are multiple bottles of wine and gift cards that I’ve purchased for the emergency gift. As a parent with two kids, timelines don’t always go from A to B. I am dragged in all kinds of directions and trying to Zen my way to having more patience as we rush out the door. Emergency bottle of wine or gift cards saved me. Incidentally, everyone that has gotten these emergency bottles welcomed it with a smile.

But just recently I came across an emergency gift that was stored away. I had bought it last minute to add to a group gift because what my friend had special ordered was not going to arrive on time. At least, that’s what she told me. And it wasn’t until after I had already purchased this, that my friend called and said … I got it! It arrived.

So I kept the emergency present with the intention of regifting it sometime in the future to someone who might really enjoy it. An addition to a present that would add a nice little pick-me-up.

I forgot about it until recently when I went looking for a book and found it on the closet floor. I opened up this unfamiliar box and then smiled when I saw what was inside.

It IS official.

I laughed because I imagined that’s how the girl would react when she opened up the box of goodies and this was one of them.

I realized, I am TOTALLY worthy of this gift myself! I should keep it. There’s no re-gifting this, I mean, I want I can buy another one for someone else. But this one right here, this one is mine. It’s the kind of gift I’d enjoy by myself. Just drinking tea late at night or early in the morning when no one is awake. I’d feel weird if someone else other than the kids saw me drinking out of it. It’s more a private celebratory moment. A pat on the back. A loud woo-hoo whisper. A quiet cartwheel moment, if there is such a thing, to share with myself and take a deep breath.

Yeah. That’s definitely my cup.

It’s good to have reminders of things you shouldn’t forget, especially during Covid when you might not feel at 100 every day. Then I thought I should be buying myself emergency gifts once a month. I should have my own special bottle of wine, chocolate, treat, or reward for little accomplishments.

That helps keep the motivation up, and I definitely need to take advantage of the momentum when it’s rolling my way. Unexpected emergency gifts provide a silver lining to the never ending Groundhog Day we’re all living in right now. They might just give us that extra boost needed. We’d probably give Bill Murray a run for his money.

Buen Camino …




9 Responses to “Words on Wednesday …”

  1. cravesadventure November 5, 2020 at 5:19 AM #

    What a SWEET SURPRISE Indeed!!! I was gifted a mug that states “This Might Be Wine.” I actually use it as a pen/scissor holder at my work desk. It makes my day and it makes me smile 🙂 Happy Day – Enjoy

    • The Guat November 5, 2020 at 8:12 AM #

      Dude! I it was. I sat on the closet floor just looking at it and smiling for a couple minutes. Definitely a good find. This Might Be Wine! Ha! MAYBE! That’s one definitely you need to see on a daily to make you laugh 🙂 thanks for hanging out

  2. aFrankAngle November 5, 2020 at 7:19 AM #

    Emergency gifts? What a great idea. Of course, I already think of my wine supply as an emergency gift for myself. 🙂 Great cup … hang on to that one.

    • The Guat November 5, 2020 at 8:15 AM #

      Right?! A by product of running out of time and Plan A’s not working out 🙂 wine supplies and chocolate are the best emergency gifts even to yourself. Thanks for hanging out gonna roll over to your beach walks today 🙂

  3. Sorryless November 5, 2020 at 4:15 PM #

    I just commented somewhere that we are quite often our harshest critics. I know I’m guilty of this. I want more from myself than is possible sometimes, and if I don’t hit the mark every time, I really let myself have it.

    A cup works.


    Glad you’re keeping it.

    • The Guat November 5, 2020 at 11:06 PM #

      Dude preaching truth! It’s a cycle and I agree with you totally. I’m trying so hard to break. I’m in creative recovery. But you my friend you hit the mark more often than you think. You deserve a cup like this too 🙂 sunshine and waves brother

      • Sorryless November 6, 2020 at 1:03 PM #

        Let’s say we both deserve a cup . . or two. 🙂

        Have a great weekend hermana

  4. anotherday2paradise November 16, 2020 at 2:01 PM #

    It’s such a great message. We all need a boost at times, so you definitely should keep this emergency gift for yourself. 👏🏻

    • The Guat November 28, 2020 at 10:03 AM #

      I’ll be drinking tea from it tonight:)

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