I'm thinking of selling most everything I own and traveling the world. So when a new consignment shop opened in town, I took a look through my belongings to find things I no longer use that perhaps someone else would want to buy. At my mother's house for dinner the other night, I told her I had packed up a few things to bring to the shop. "But I can't tell you what they are, otherwise you'll try to talk me into keeping them," I said. Mom is a saver. I am not. "You can't say that and not tell me!" she said. "Okay...well, I have a couple fondue pots. I used to use one of them, but I haven't used either in a few years." "Your sister just said yesterday she wants to have a fondue party but doesn't have any fondue pots." "Okay, so I'll give them to her," I said. "I also have a mini crockpot. Which I've never used." "I'll take that," said my mother.
So today I gave my first gift. My sister lives in the apartment over the garage at my parents house. I went to my parents house to do laundry and I left two fondue pots on my sister's dining room table. My sister's laundry was still in the washer, so I moved it over to the dryer to start mine. When hers was done I folded it. I didn't have time to wait for mine to finish drying - I had a couple tutoring students to see.
One of my students canceled last minute. That meant that I was free after 7:30. I called my sister to see if she wanted to help me decorate my Christmas tree, and she quickly agreed she'd be at my house at 8. Guess what she brought with her? The laundry I had left in the dryer - all neatly folded. We spent a wonderful evening catching up and decorating. And guess what? She went home with some Christmas decorations I no longer wanted. What a joy it was to be able to give to her twice in one day! And to accept her help - both with laundry and with decorating.