While cleaning the house, shortly before Christmas, Pat finds a Christmas gift from Dustin, intended for his mother.
“When I was cleaning a few weeks before Christmas, I found this gift all wrapped up, under the couch. It was from Dustin’s last Christmas here.”
“Dustin was always buying me little knick knacks. Somehow, it was stuck under the couch from 2014. (Shows how well I clean.)”
“Didn’t find it until a few weeks ago…2016.
I think he did this on purpose. My Christmas gift from Dustin…2016. He wanted me find it.”
Commentary- I am never surprised when I hear of this happening. I have even experienced this for myself from time to time. When this happens, it is fantastic! Somehow you just know that the gift you found was intended for you to find at that very moment.
Gifts from our loved ones are left for us on many occasions; anniversaries, birthdays, holidays, and in this case, perhaps the loneliest time of year without Dustin by her side, Christmas. And… it’s interesting that she found his gift at Christmas, when it could have been any other time of year that she decided to clean under the couch. And she actually did pull that very couch across the room to clean the floor in September and nothing was there! Indeed, this was intended for Christmas!
But… what’s important to know is that the gifts from our departed loved ones, come in non-physical ways too. Of course, it is very sad when our loved ones cross-over from this life to the next. But they always leave their gifts behind. Always! Given the passing of time and the perspective needed to clearly see, these meaningful gifts will be discovered by us to enjoy.
Because many intangible gifts given to us by our loved ones are not as obvious as the ones physically wrapped in a box with a bow on top, these gifts are not as easily seen at first because the sadness and pain from our loss often obstruct our view. But as we begin to heal through the grief process, and as the dense fog of our grief begins to lift and clear out, these newfound gifts are there for us to realize… and appreciate in wonder.
Pat thinks Dustin’s gift was lost from a previous Christmas and “accidentally” found its way under the couch. Maybe so… maybe not. (NOT!) This may be impossible to know for certain, as these days, Dustin could magically manifest and wrap a gift in any wrapping paper of his choosing.
But the fact remains… whenever it was intended to be given to, and found by Pat, Dustin’s mother and best friend, this was a gift of love from Dustin to his mom that said, “Dearest mother. Please know that although you don’t always see me, I am here with you, supporting you and loving you always.”