I received two amazing gifts today.
The first, from a friend in southern France, amazed me -- a box with French cookies, French candy, and a bottle of French wine. Unbelievable, I thought, and I still do. Incredibly generous.
The second, from a Canadian friend, stunned me -- a simple Christmas card saying that she really liked knowing me. This floored me. I am always a little startled when people actually like me, and when it's someone that I've never even met.... wow.
If these had been all that I received this year, I would have had ample reason for gratitude. My language partners are awesome people.