Friday, January 1, 2010
Reflections on a gift of a red coat
My new coat is a gift from my daughter and son-in-law. It's not just a coat. It is a reminder that life is beautiful, that I am loved, that miracles happen, that some dreams come true. My daughter has heard me say many times how I have always wanted a red coat, from the time I could first decide what kind of coat I might like. Yes, since I was a little girl, I have always wanted a red coat.
I bought myself one once. I beautiful red coat with black velvet trim, but, thinking myself clever, I brought it to the cleaners one spring day thinking I would have it cleaned and ready by the time Fall came. I never thought about it again until the weather turned cold in October. After searching every possible nook and cranny I remembered the cleaners. When I went in to claim it, the attendant casually explained how they send unclaimed garments to Goodwill after 6 months. I am still angry that no one called me before sending my beautiful red coat off to the second hand store, but I am hoping the person who bought it feels blessed for finding such a garment as that at a Goodwill store.