If you know me, then you know how close I am to my mom. Do we get on each other's nerves? Yes! But is our bond breakable? No! I do what I can when I can for her. I've tried to take her on different trips and adventures and show her new things (the same thing she did for me when I was a child). Not to toot my own horn, but I've also planned some of the most exciting and fun birthdays that she has ever had. If I hear her mention a want, I try within my power to provide.
I was at home the other day, chatting with ma and out of the blue she says, "Out of all of my jewelry, I want to be buried with my thumb ring on!" I turn around to see what fancy and expensive thumb ring she was talking about and to my surprise, she was referencing a very inexpensive, plain, silver thumb ring I bought her years ago. So, I just said "Ok" and went on about my day.
I thought about it later and why she still has the plain old thumb ring and why it meant so much to her. Afterall, it was such a tiny gift.
It's the little things that sometimes mean the most. And what a lot of us need to realize is that it doesn't even need to be anything materialistic that matters the most. Sometimes, it's a phone call out of the blue, or a treat to a cup of coffee. Sometimes, it's a simple text message or a free donut. Believe it or not, for some, it's just being near you. Can you imagine the honor of having someone in your life that simply wants to be near you? WOW!
Count the little things just as must as you do the large. Every gesture doesn't have to be a grand one, but every gesture should be appreciated. Be appreciative of the silver thumb rings just as much as you are of the expensive tennis bracelet. You never know, some people are giving all that they have to give.