The ripple effect of a $2 gift

My blog has been quiet recently for a number of reasons and I’ve been contemplating many different subjects and areas to explore. Then this blog crossed my path.

It is true. The ripple effect is so very real. You never know where your actions will go and what effects they will have.

I know of someone I can gift a Happy Box to and, I had never thought to have one. Guess what I’m off to purchase.

Joy Peace Harmony

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My husband made me cry last weekend. He said the loveliest thing that tears sprang to my eyes and streamed down my face.

This story began one Christmas morning about twelve years ago when I gifted my husband and son a box each for Christmas. They were $2 boxes from the discount store, about 20 cm cubed with lids, bright, colourful and empty. Yes, that’s right. They were empty.

My husband, trying to remain polite, looked incredulously at this empty box. His expression conveyed his thoughts – what was the meaning of an empty box? At Christmas?

As I explained to the pair of them the box was a ‘Happy Box’, empty now so they could fill it with happy memorabilia.  I too had a box which I filled over the years with photographs, love letters, certificates, news clippings, small hand-made gifts. I…

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