Monday, 20 December 2010

Surprise!


Sometimes it's the smallest, most unexpected things that can be the most special surprises!


I'm the driver in our family. The Doctor gets to work by train, but I need to drive to take The Children to school, to get to Asda, to transport all my kit to my papercrafts class, etc. It means that I'm also the person who has to de-ice the windscreen when the weather gets wintry....

One morning last Christmas, I was running late and getting a bit stressed. We would have been just about OK for getting to school on time, except that I could see there had been a deep frost overnight so I'd have to use precious extra minutes getting the car windscreen clear. Minor panic!!



But then, when we went outside, someone had already done it for us. The front and back windscreen had been sprayed and scraped already, and we were good to go. It was so completely unexpected, and such a lovely, lovely surprise!

To this day, I don't know who my 'secret elf' was. I know it wasn't The Doctor, because he'd been running late too, and had to dash for his train. I have a little suspicion, but I haven't been able to confirm it - but oh, I hope he or she knows just how grateful I was that morning, and how I still remember that lovely surprise with such pleasure.


This year I've also been fortunate enough to have another small but most welcome surprise. One of the biggest perks of co-ordinating Sunday Club over the last few years has been that our names were included on the list to receive thank you gifts of homemade fudge from the rector and his wife. She makes the finest fudge I've ever yet tasted (though I do know someone who's determined to challenge this!) And so a small part of me did regret that we would no longer be running Sunday Club this Christmas. Not enough that I considered carrying on, mind you! But I would miss that gift of fudge....

Last night, I saw the rector's wife when the choir went to the rectory for tea between final rehearsal and carol service. She called me aside and handed me a little bag of homemade fudge! It's to say thank you to me and The Doctor for running a house group! It had never occurred to me that we might still be on the list - and oh, how I love that fudge! - so it was a most welcome surprise indeed :-)

15 comments:

Kirsty.a said...

See!People are nice sometimes - isn't it lovely to be reminded of that. Pay it forward!

Sian said...

I have just this minute had a text from a friend saying that the police have been out on our roads fining drivers whose windscreens aren't clear! You must have some very kind neighbours, or elves of course

scrappyjacky said...

Such lovely surprises,Mel....but what goes around, comes around, so they say.....so I'm sure your own kindnesses to others cause them to be returned.

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Wonderful surprises!

Wish someone would deice my windshield

Maria Ontiveros said...

What an awesome story. Such a nice surpise!
Rinda

Latharia said...

What a nice elf!! And lovely page with the sparkle, charm, and pearled snowflake. WOW!

Mary B said...

Oh Mel how lovely to have a guardian angel last year and to still be on the list for the fudge this. People are so kind aren't they.

Photographing Mom said...

What a sweet surprise!!! Both of them. I do love fudge!

Miriam said...

There are some truly lovely people out there x

Sandra said...

what a lovely person that was to clear your windscreen, just shows you how kind people really are :)

It also shows how much you are thought of, that little gift was such a nice thank you for your kindness to someone else.

Anesha said...

What lovely memories, thanks for sharing. Hope you and your family have a Blessed Christmas. Hugs Anesha

Rhona said...

How wonderful still to be included in receiving fudge this year. I love that someone thought to clear your windscreens for you, it just shows that there are still kind/thoughtful people around and I'm sure you help others yourself too! xx

Amy said...

Mel this is a beautiful page for an absolutely lovely story and gesture today :-)

Denise said...

What a nice thing to do- that takes so long in the morning. I love the blue card and that fudge sounds yum x

Rachel B said...

What a sweet surprise! How nice :)