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Pauline Lerner

Simple Gifts

November 26, 2009 at 3:06 AM

Some days I really should not bring in the mail. Yesterday started out that way. My mailbox was stuffed, and when I opened it, pieces of mail flew out and fell to the floor. I gathered them up, brought them inside, and looked at them. I found:

A thick, glossy Christmas catalog from LL Bean.

A thick local gazette that I never ordered and don't want. It's such a waste of paper. I can't even find any information about its source, so I can't call someone and ask them to stop delivery.

A pseudonewspaper with ads and coupons for local merchants. Most of them are things I wouldn't buy, and almost all of them are inaccessible for me because I don't have a car.

Several large cards advertising sales at nearby stores.

Several ads from nearby eateries with menus and "We Delivery" displayed prominently.

A bill from a high priced doctor's office.

A bill from a very high priced doctor's office. We really need universal, affordable, high quality medical care in this country.

One small envelope, addressed by hand, with a return address that I didn't recognize. It felt like there was a card inside. When I opened the envelope, I found a check from the parents of one of my violin students and something else that was valuable: a thank you card. Inside the card, the mother had written, "Thank you very much for teaching my son violin. He looks forward to his lessons.

I let out a deep sigh and smiled. That card saved my day.

PS.  I wish you a happy Thanksgiving and things to be thankful for every day of the year.

From Anna Meyer
Posted on November 28, 2009 at 12:14 PM

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and what a blessing it must be to you to get that card :) It´s obviou that you are a good teacher :)

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