The Unexpected Gift

“Strange as it may seem, I still hope for the best, even though the best, like an interesting piece of mail, so rarely arrives, and even when it does it can be lost so easily.”

Lemony Snicket

Lovelies, have you ever received something unexpected in the mail?

Not the unpleasant kind of unexpected – like a traffic fine, or a disconnection notice – but something lovely and marvellous? The kind of thing that makes you believe in magic and kindness and the goodness of people and the wisdom of Universal Timing?

I have, and here it is:

Last week Ben brought the mail home, and in amidst the letters and catalogues and parcels was a very rough and battered-looking package addressed to me, from my dear friend Helen.

I wondered why the package looked so wrecked – it’s not such a long distance from Sydney to our farm. And then I opened the package and I understood.

Helen sent me this gift over two years ago – a present for my 50th birthday. It’s the most beautiful evening bag, embroidered with butterflies and blossoms and twinkly beads. The kind of bag I used to covet when I was a small girl and I would watch my mother dress up to go off to some evening event with my father. In her little clutch purse would be a lace handkerchief, a lipstick, a powder compact with mirror, a small bottle of scent and perhaps some breath mints. It all seemed so impossibly glamorous when I was a tiny girl in my pyjamas, looking at my elegant mother and wanting so much to be grown up and to go dancing or to the theatre or out to dinner.

My eyes filled with tears as I read the card. I’ve had a rough patch with my health recently, and Helen’s message was just the positive message I needed to fill my cup back up. Suddenly I wanted to dress up and go to dinner with my darling man, or out dancing or on some kind of grown-up adventure. But we are locked down at our farm, because of my poor immune system and the threat of Coronavirus. Going out right now is impossible.

‘Why don’t we dress up and have a romantic dinner at home next week, when you’re feeling better?’ Ben said. ‘We can play music and sip cocktails and eat by candle-light and dance to our favourite songs?’

So, that’s what we are going to do.

An evening bag this fabulous deserves a special night to use it. You have to make the most of every moment, because none of us ever know what tomorrow brings.

I hope you can find some time to make some magical memories for yourself right now too.

Much love, a party dress, and a sweet pair of dancing shoes, Nicole xx

Hi! I'm Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.
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12 thoughts on “The Unexpected Gift

  1. How beautifully unexpected and wonderful. This brought a huge smile to my face and an overload of joy to my heart. I know the exact feeling you mean as a child watching parents go out. My best friend is “stranded” at my house with me and I think we are going to have to have a dinner party this week! Thank Ben for the fabulous idea!

  2. Oh Nicole, receiving such an unexpected gift makes it a double gift. Your friend, Helen, has good taste and this lovely purse has arrived just in time for the first of many special celebrations ❤️

  3. What a treasure the gift is! It was supposed to arrive at this exact time! I love that you and your hubby will dress up, cocktails in hand and dance! It makes my heart smile <3

    1. Well, Australia Post DID come through in the end. And yes, Ben is a treasure. Considering myself very blessed right about now. Big love to you xx

  4. Love 💓 this story , I used to love planning and hosting dinner parties as a teen.. both my ex partners were not really people people so it only happened rarely . I’m thinking I need to get creative and host a dinner party for my kids and little granddaughter. So I will . Thanks for the inspiration 🌟

    1. Beka, I used to love hosting dinner parties too. And it’s a lovely thing to do this for the ones you love, and not just for friends! Enjoy xx

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