October 30, 2006

A squirrel inheritance

On the women's retreat/conference I attended this weekend in Columbus, Ohio, I received an unexpected gift from an even more unexpected source.

A few years back, I noticed one of the ladies in my church women's group had a lovely accessory: a purse with squirrels on it. The squirrels were not just sitting on the purse, taking up imaginary oxygen, however; they were actually immersed in leaves and getting ready to climb a fabric tree to reach the beaded acorns above them--all on a beautiful suede fall day.

I told her how much I enjoyed the purse a couple of years ago in church, and didn't really think about it any more after that. She passed last year. At the conference we saw her daughters, and one of them said she had a surprise for me.

When I saw it, I was amazed. The squirrels were still there. The acorns. The fall day. All the same. She remembered not only me, but what I liked.

So, thank you, dear lady. I hope heaven is a little brighter for the smile you put on my face.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at October 30, 2006 7:32 PM | TrackBack
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