I have gotten a couple of gifts lately, which is always A Good Thing, as Senyor Winnea Ther Pooh might say. Two of them were very kind, but slightly backhanded...
One of the mothers where I teach teach gave the admin staff and her daughters' teachers (including me) anti-wrinkle face cream. A nice idea, but, but, but, are you trying to tell me something? Are you trying to apologise for your child's behaviour? (not the one I teach anyway).....hemmm......Do I look like I need it?
I gave her a little gift (????) back by mentioning the spelling error on the package stating that it contained antiwrinckle cream.
Today I went into the pharmacy to buy dog meds and some other junk, and the lovely lady behind the counter, who I really do like, gave me this little French spray-on face freshener and revitaliser. This was very very nice of her and.... I know I needed a nap desperately, but did I look that bad???? "Gee, she looks like she hasn't slept in a month, and her skin??? I have just the thing for the pobrecita"
Sort of like my ID card, which is a TRUELY dreadful picture of me. I look like trailer-park trash at the dragging end of a week long binge and a solid beating. Everyone looks at the picture, look at me and nods. I can see them thinking, "YEAH! That does look like you, a remarkable likeness."
Could one of them, one time, maybe, say, "Gee, that is a terrible photo of you, you look much better than that." Remind me to do that if I am ever checking ID, m'kay?
Amidst all this though, I got a delightful little mystery!
An Amazon box came today- you just have to love that! In it was a cookbook! Mangoes and Curry Leaves by my absolutely favourite cookbook authors in the whole wide fat world....and I didn't order it! Jeffery Alford and Naomi Duguid write amazing cookbooks and are kind and generous people too. I wrote them in desperation for a recipe that was stranded on my boat in a cow field in central Florida, they sent it to me and a few more too, how sweet is that?
Almost as sweet as someone sending me one of their books!!!!!
I think someone lovely out there ordered it for me, but there was nothing in it to say...
Nomad? It seems like you, no?
Maybe the world is just happy with me right now.
I love the book whatever way.