Monday, December 13, 2010

A Strange Occurrence

by Kate Collins

As I sit in my kitchen, working at my laptop and trying to keep from freaking out about the horrendous winter storm outside – being alone in bad weather, in danger of losing power, is soooo not fun – I’m going to write about something positive. Amazing, in fact.

Two weeks ago, I got an email from my friend and fellow Cozy Chick J.B. Stanley, entitled “A Strange Occurrence.” In her note, she recounted how she had collected condolence cards from many of you to forward on to me, but sometime after she mailed the box to my home address, she received a call from Tiffanys in New York City, informing her that they had received the box instead. It seemed she had reused a mailing box that had originated at their store, and somehow, in transit, the mailing label with my info had peeled off, leaving their address beneath.

That was the strange part of the story. Now here’s the amazing part.

Every year for the past ten years, my husband gave me a special gift at Christmas and it always came in a Tiffany’s box. One year he even put a lump of coal in one of their blue boxes just to make me laugh, then gave me the real gift, of course. This year, sadly, Christmas is going to be very hard to get through because my beloved soulmate won’t be with me, physically anyway.

But because of an amazing set of coincidences, I still got my Tiffany’s box! And inside I found lovely cards and notes, some yummy treats, a Christmas candle, and even an angel. They came from J.B. and from many of you. The box arrived at a time when I really needed it, too.

So from the bottom of my heart, I thank J.B. and everyone who sent cards, and also to all of you who’ve written notes and facebook messages and blog comments, too. Thank you for uplifting me. For reaching out. For taking time out of your busy lives to send a message of comfort. I am so blessed that I can’t begin to express my appreciation. And it seems I need to thank my Greek, too, for one more Tiffany’s box.

18 comments:

Tonya Kappes said...

Okay, well I didn't want to start the day crying. . .Kate you can turn your love story into a wonderful novel. Thank you for sharing this amazing story.

RosieJo said...

Thank you for a wonderful message. This time of year is difficult for me as well as so many others for less than obvious reasons. Just keep moving!

Linda McDonald said...

Really, that is just way cool. Yes, am amazing occurrence! Of all the boxes to use, of all the places it would go, it was surely meant to be.

Andrea C. said...

Wow! Great story - gave me goosebumps. I love that somehow your husband (from above) made sure you still got your Tiffany's box!

jbstanley said...

Wow, I need a tissue. Beautiful Kate. All things happen for a reason. But I still wish Tiffany had thrown in a Christmas gift!

Miki Willa said...

Small miracles are what make this time of year so magical. Thank you for sharing this story.

Leann Sweeney said...

Yhat is just plain amazing. And a little spooky. :-)

Kate Collins said...

It really is amazing. I hope my story is a message about enduring love. I've seen, or been shown, so many signs that my husband is still a presence in my life. This is an extraordinary gift, causing a major shift in my thinking. I was never a "woo woo" person. But as a friend read recently, we can't create energy or destroy it. Our bodies may die but our energy lives on. Our loves one are always near by. We just need to be aware of the signs.

signlady217 said...

Brought tears to my eyes. All I can say is, Wow.

Dru said...

Kate, that was beautiful.

NoraA said...

Kate,
While I was probably one of the few from the Armchair group that didn't send them to J.B., I hope mine made it to your door and that it hopefully brought you some comfort also.

Brightest Blessings of the Season to your and your family.

Nanc said...

yet another example of a God Wink...This is a wonderful sign that love never dies. The first Christmas is the hardest, Kate...I think your box from Tiffany's will make it a wee bit easier...

I continue to pray for you each day...

Nanc

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Oh my! What a wonderful story. It gave me goosebumps and it also made me think that you are right to thank your husband for one more surprise gift.

I know you are also feeling the love from your many friends and fans.

MJ

Kuzlin said...

Brought a tear to my eye too...makes you believe that our loved ones are still out there watching over us.

Kate Collins said...

Nora, I did indeed receive your card and lovely note. Thank you so much. I've saved all the cards in a keepsake box. Today I'm all snowed in, so after writing for a few hours, I sat down with the box and went through the cards. I can almost feel all the good energy they bring with them. Thanks, everyone.

Betty Hechtman said...

What a great story. Very cool how you got your Tiffany box. I'm sure your husband made it happen. It's only a body you shed.

Diane P said...

Sometimes when we need it most our loved ones are still there for us. Blessings to you and you are still loved.

Mayhem and Magic said...

What a beautiful story!

Terri