Finding the Perfect Gift


What to get that special someone?
How to find the perfect gift?
Decisions, decisions when someone
seems to have it all…

The easy way out is a gift card
or cash even. Then the special
someone can acquire what he/she

What if the gift giver wants to
select something meaningful?
A gift from the heart which
expresses love and care…

Getting the Pastor something
to read seemed to be the
desired solution. Poetry?
Quotations? A new biography?

Credit card near the desktop, I made
the purchases. We found books, a
gift bag along with a smiley-face
balloon and a birthday card.


Colorful paper added, and it was ready.
With gift bag in hand, I grabbed
the banister and went downstairs.
Sang Happy Birthday and gave the present.

Then the phone call Sunday evening
from the Pastor thanking us for his
birthday card and books. He noted it
was the first time anyone had ever given


him a credit card too. He said it had
been enjoyable making purchases and
that he had maxed out the card. Oops!
It was only then I realized I

had filled the gift bag with more
than the books and birthday card.
The credit card had slipped from
my hand into the gift bag. It remained

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safe and sound until it was discovered
on Sunday evening when the Pastor
phoned to thank us. It seems that we had
unwittingly found that special person

the perfect gift after all! More importantly
were the shared joke and laughter which
made it all worthwhile. Life’s embarrassing
moments became our shared humanity.





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21 Responses to Finding the Perfect Gift

  1. balroop2013 says:

    Lovely thoughts Mary Ann…birthdays are made special with thoughtful gifts 🙂

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  2. Arno Bode,Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    ich bewundere deine Gabe ausgefallene Geschichten zu erzählen. Du bereitest mir und sicherlich auch deinen anderen Lesern und Leserinen damit große Freude.Liebe Grüße aus dem fast schon sommerlichen Cologne, Dein Arno

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    • We had no power for one hour from the high winds. I lost what I was writing to you but think it is there now. To max out a credit card is ans Limit gelungen or in this case to spend the full amount possible up to $10,000. Hahaha.


  3. Lieber Arno, herzlichen Dank. Du hast wahrscheinlich verstanden, warum ich auch so gelacht habe. Ich habe versehentlich meine persönliche Kreditkarte in die Geschenktüte zusammen mit den Büchern und der Geburtstagskarte fallen lassen. Mein Mann nahm den Anruf entgegen, bevor er mich anrief, weil er nicht verstehen konnte, warum der Pastor davon sprach, meine Kreditkarte ans Limit gelungen hatte. Erst dann bemerkte ich, dass es aus meiner Hand in die Tasche gerutscht war und in der Kirche blieb, bis wir den Anruf erhielten. Ich wusste sofort, was ich getan habe. Gelächter über meinen Fehler. Er hatte nie jemandes persönliche Kreditkarte als Geburtstagsgeschenk erhalten. Vielen Dank für Deinen Kommentar und genieß das Wochenende! Deine Mary Ann


  4. Arno Bode,Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    ich habe Lilly deine Geschichte weiter gegeben.Wir Beide haben herzhaft gelacht. Alles Liebe ,Dein Arno

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    • Liebe Arno,
      So sind die peinlichen Momente des Lebens. Stell Dich vor, Du gibst Deine Kreditkarte als Geschenk! Unser Pastor hat einen großartigen Sinn für Humor und lacht schnell
      Deine Mary Ann


  5. Peter Klopp says:

    A most enjoyable story!? But I wonder how the credit card could be used without a password.

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    • Well, Peter, I wonder that as well, but these days, the security code is on the back. The credit card companies are quick to phone and ask about charges they deem fraudulent. All’s well that ends well however. I just laughed and laughed and laughed about it when the Pastor called me.

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  6. Array says:

    I’m smiling at your unintentional gift to your pastor … and his lovely humour as he told you of the misplaced credit card! A thoughtful selection of presents – a post full of kindness and care .. thank you for sharing here, Mary Ann. 😀🌺🌻

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  7. What a story! That was most amusing that the pastor called to thank you and said he’d maxed out the card.

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  8. Isn’t that funny? He has a good sense of humor too it seems. Lovely gift and the cake honestly kicked off a chocolate craving. Gorgeous. Thanks for the smile, Mary Ann.

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    • I simply laughed so hard and so did the Pastor. In his thank you note, he mentioned that the laughter had been the best gift of all. The cake was for our son’s birthday in FL but looked so good, I had to add it. Your kind comment is much appreciated. Glad it brought a smile to your lips. Enjoy your chocolate and blogging! Do I address you as D or Wallace or D.Wallace? 🙂

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      • D. or Diana or some bloggers even call me “Sir.” lol. There’s one cute blogger who has always called me “Peach.” So take your pick, Mary Ann. I’m fine with whatever. And yes, I enjoyed my chocolate!

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      • What a sense of humor you have Diana, D, Peach, lovely lady. When I began listing my first name with simply initials M. A., and the prefix Dr., it was then assumed I was male. For who can be a female Dr. – even the wrong kind i.e. not an MD? During one hospitalization, the head nurse came in and addressed me respectfully as Professor which is probably close. After all, with 5 degrees in German spanning some 14 years of study, she said I had studied as long as any MD. I have had my fun over the years. I don’t have a chip on my shoulder either. Fun talking! 🙂

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      • Thank you. I think “Professor” is pretty cool. It is funny that the assumption is male although Wallace is sort of male-ish, so I’m never surprised. 😀

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      • I think Wallace prompted my question. I rather like Peach. Cool name. Have a great day!

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