This lovely hand-made card was just part of an incredible gift sent by BC Mary S. ‘Be You BRAVELY’ could be our motto and sums up beautifully all I’ve learned doing COD. To express ourselves in truth and not hide because of size or other fears. This is true freedom, whatever our body goals may be.
A Special Gift
BC Mary S. asked if there was a way she could send me something. I told her about my PO Box and then went on with my life in my busy, brain racing way.
Then she let me know a package was on the way.
Wow! I love presents, surprises and seeing what BCs create. So a big WIN-WIN all the way around. I was excited to get my hands on Mary’s gift. And in the video below you can watch as I discover what creative BC Mary S. has made.
See Me Open Mary’s Gift
This package was special from top to bottom. I took this video to let Mary see my reaction and it was so fun, I asked if I could share it with you too!
Wow! Oh Wow!
The True Gift
Below you will see photos of the physical gift details, but the TRUE gift was Mary’s time and care. Mary took time to know me, to know what I like, to create this work of art for me to write in – knowing that I write. This gift of knowing me, of hearing me, was overwhelming and kind.
Mary gave me so much more than a cool book to write in. Mary’s gift told me loud and clear that she, to quote the Who’s Rock Opera, Tommy, “Can See Me, Hear Me”. That I, Laurie, am an individual and not just some disembodied voice in the earbuds. That I matter as a person. And it also shared so much of who Mary is with me too. Her creativity, her humor, her heart.
Through Mary’s kindness we learned a little more about one another. And we found partners in caring.
When we as brave companions reach out to one another, we are giving that gift to each other too. Whether it’s a kind comment of support, a joke to brighten our day, a link that other BCs might enjoy, or just a “Hello”, we, as the BC community are giving the true gift of time and attention that shows us that we truly are not alone.
Photos that show the Loving Detail Mary added
One of my favorite surprises was that Mary added all of these cool affirmations to the back of the envelope, The gift was so thoughtful throughout.
I’m amazed to hold in my hand a hand-made writing journal with my name and most of the things I love referenced within.
Just the first of many surprise flaps and messages. This one contained the “be you BRAVELY” card.
My love of cats are represented by surprising cat and kitten stickers on some of the pages.
My love of bike riding is represented many places throughout my special journal
Even the hand-made book binding celebrates my love of bikes and funky cool!