Christmas Presents to the “Strangers” We See Everyday



My Dear Readers,  Photo by Val Kelvans

I give and give through out the year and because I am not religious Christmas is not a special time of giving. Now, don’t get me wrong. I gave presents this year and I gave generously.  This year I realized that there were people unrelated to me in any way that worked for me through out the year and it was important to me to recognize their continous giving to me.

I am privileged to live in a building with a 24 hour concierge service and valet parking. The people who work at the conceirge desk have worked at my building for years. Day after day they sign for my packages, deliveries, and let workers and help into my home. They are polite and courteous, despite whatever attitude, I  chose to display on any given day. So, these people who guard my privacy and collect my deliveries and generally help me manage my life- got presents this year.

My work family also got gifts. I am not the easiest person to work with. Some times I am short tempered, impatient and down right rude. Yet, and no they are not pretending, these people continue to do their best, to show up on time and to please me. They are good people and I spend more time with them than I do with any member of my family. Since I have no significant other- I spend most of my time with these kind, patient people.

There is nothing I can ever pay or give them to make them like or respect me. They just do. I am extremely grateful.

Finally, to my colleagues who are as brilliant and quirky and individual as I am. We are sometimes short with each other; often we disagree; but we never never never lose respect and genuine affection for each other.  Each of these people inspire me everyday. I wonder that they are both my colleagues and my friends.

As this year ends, I find myself rich in friends and generous co-workers. These people who chose me and I them are who make my life worth living.

For my beautiful, kind and generous family members- and you know who you are- I stand in amazement to how  thoughtful and generous and kind you are. I love you all and thank you for making my life as rich as it is.

This year I add you my dear readers who have supported me this year. I extend my gratitude and love to you.

With all of my love and the light of the universe,





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