A gift

Upon retrieving the mail, I held in my hands a small, almost square package from a person who’s name or address was unfamiliar. It was a book about heart shaped stones and only after reading the accompanying enclosed letter, did I realized it came from a person I met April 4th at Bean Hollow State Park beach, which lies between San Francisco and Santa Cruz.

The Gift

Her name is Elizabeth and she was traveling down along the Pacific coast taking photographs of the scenery. We struck up a conversation and after an introduction I told her that a little further south was Whitehouse Cliff trail that leads to a cove I have considered my pirates/smugglers cove, my place to escape to. The place I discovered my first  two heart shaped stones during a storm.

Deep down inside me I wanted to share that spot with her, since it was a public spot, but that was not to be. During the course of taking pictures, Elizabeth called out to me and gestured I come to her, for she had discovered a heart shaped opening in the rock formation. Elizabeth continued photographing the varied stone structures as did I and before I left, giving her the name of my web site that she wrote down in her notebook.

From my collection

When I learned the gift came from her, three months after our initial contact and that she remembered how personally important heart shaped stones are to me, I was deeply touched by her kindness, especially as her correspondence contained some sad news, the kind we all face at one point or another.

The brief hour we shared at a public beach, each fulfilling our creative vision, while sharing a conversation, has now become a permanent memory through the gift. Maybe our paths will cross again and we meet once more, for it would be something I would look forward to with pleasure.

Thank you Elizabeth for brightening my day.

Thank you for your visit
and comment . . .


Susan Deborah said...

Dear Egmont:

It is quite thoughtful and kind of Elizabeth to remember and send you the wonderful gift. As I often remark, Egmont, you are a very special person who gets lovely gifts. Glad to be here today and read this.

Hope you are doing well and that your heart is happy and joyful.

Take care.

Joy always,

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Greetings dear Deborah,

Thank you for your visit and kind words.
My heart is doing better, most of all I have not had any major battles with depression this year and I have been busy the last two and a half months creating art.

Wishing you all the very best,

JJ said...

Egmont: You appear to have a similar effect upon people. I love positivity. Be well.

Teri said...

I think that it's incredible how many people collect heart-shaped rocks. Had we all known this before, perhaps we could have made this book ourselves. It's nice that someone else did and it's equally as nice that Elizabeth shared this "heart moment" with you and you with her. We are all connected aren't we Egmont. I'm glad to see you here again, posting, and equally as happy to hear that you are doing well and creating art. Can't wait to see what you have done when you share. All my best.

Dianne Poinski said...

What a beautiful story of kindness and generosity! I was sorry to hear about the sad news you also received, but will do my best to send out positive thoughts her way. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us.

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Greetings JJ,

As they say, "what goes around comes around" and if we treat others with kindness and respect, then everyone has a great time.

Warmest regards,

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Greetings dear Terri,

It was not until that stormy day in November of 2009 that I found my first heart shaped stone and since I have added several more. I treat each one as a special gift and at some point will adorn them with elements that speak to me and turn them into art objects.

What Elizabeth did was very special and coming a day before my birthday was also a treat.

Warmest regards,

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Dear Dianne,

For Elizabeth to think of me during her time of sadness was very special and was not unnoticed by me. Thank you for including yourself in sending positive energies, I have done the same.

Warmest regards,

Catherine said...

Dearest Egmont,

What a beautiful post. We sometimes forget how our actions can impact other's lives and that even a chance meeting can lead to something special.

Truly a special gift.

Hope all is well.

Take care,
xo Catherine

ArtPropelled said...

What a lovely gift, Egmont! I'm looking forward to seeing the art you have been creating during your time-out.

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Greetings Catherine,

Thank you for looking in and for your words of friendship.

Warmest regards,

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Dear Robyn,

It certainly has been a long 'time-out' for me and in due course I will be revealing the works I have created since. I have other things to share as well that I have been involved with since May of this year.

I thank you for your visit and comment as they both mean much to me.

Warmest regards,

Jill Zaheer said...

What a beautiful story- and such a wonderful surprise for you when you learned who sent you the book! Heart stones are so endearing in their unique way- they always feel as if you are truly finding a treasure! Hope all is well with you! Best- jIll

Luzia said...

Lieber Egmont, eine wunderschöne und berührende Geschichte! Da haben sich zwei Menschen getroffen, die sich auch wiedersehen sollten!!! Nachträglich möchte ich Dir noch ganz herzlich zu Deinem Geburtstag gratulieren, der am ??? gewesen ist.
Liebe Grüße von Luzia.