Day 284 Surprise Package

September 18, 2015

(If we live with an open and grateful attitude, every day will bring a gift. This is one of 365 gifts during the year I turned 70.)

Artist: Sharon Zarambo
I was on my way out the front door this afternoon when I noticed a package sitting outside—one addressed to David and me. Neither of us had ordered anything. Immediately I turned around and went back into the house, carrying the package. It wasn’t heavy and we were oh so curious. It felt like Christmas.

The outside of the box was unusual and inviting. It was a typical brown shipping box but with a special touch—a colorful smiling image in the lower left corner and stamp-like stickers in two other places. In the lower right corner, was a picture of a forest with a quotation by J. Sterling Morton, “Plant trees.” In the upper left corner was another forest image with a quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.” Across the middle and winding downward was a cutout picture of a snake. I hated to do it, but in order to open the package, I had to cut the snake.  

Inside the layers of packing were two original pieces of art from Sharon Zarambo—two smiles. The smaller piece looked like a toothed jawbone and the larger one was a beaded whimsical face with “smile” spelled out in Scrabble letters. It is really impossible not to smile when I look at this. It will be a constant smile that will hang in our house. With the challenges David and I face now, Sharon’s timing is perfect. We are blessed with caring friends, especially one who sends contagious smiles born from such a creative spirit.

My gift today is a smile.

Sharon Zarambo, artist. This includes the piece that was detached during transit.

> Day 285: Becoming 

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