The Daily Grace
The Daily Grace

Surprises, big and small

Oct 30, 2014 | god & grace | 7 comments

It’s like a big pinch of joy spice added to regular life, wouldn’t you say?

I’m talking about surprise, the happy kind, the popping of a little jolt of wow! right into a regular old day. It makes your heart soar and sing and dance and reminds you how nice it is to be in this world, how good it is to have people in it who know you and love you and think of you and go to the trouble to show it even when it might take a rather large bit of effort.

It happened to me yesterday, and my heart is still dancing.

First, the doorbell rang. As this does not happen regularly at my house, my sweet dog, Little Bit, and I both ran straight for the front door to see what on earth might be going on. This is what we found.

a rather large surprise

a big surprise

Needless to say, it was a thrill to find my name in the “TO” space on the label of this gigantic box. I brought it into our foyer.

It's so big!

To: Cathy Monetti

With great curiosity and even greater gusto, I began to open it.

so much bubble wrap!

bubble wrap galore

I unwrapped, and unwrapped, and unwrapped, and finally, there it was.


Oh. Wow. Oh, wow!


A most amazing surprise from my dear friend, Sharon, one of the Wise Women who lives a million miles away in Louisiana. (You’ve met her here before, aka Speckled Pup.) I called her, pronto.

The moment I saw it, I knew it was for you she said.

And with that, my dear ones, another layer of happy slathered itself right over my giddy heart. I skipped through the rest of the day, and the night, and even now—another day later—the joy of that surprise has me feeling as light and hopeful as, well…as a feather.



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  1. Debbie

    What a wonderful surprise from a very special friend!

  2. jc


  3. Sharon

    It is home …… Now!
    I love you, my dear friend!
    Happy Birthday!

  4. Brad

    Your posts continually remind me to appreciate the many little things that can make life grand if you just NOTICE them.

    • Cathy

      Thank you, Brad. This one was hard to miss! (smiley face here)

  5. Jill Sarkozi

    Beautiful! I love that story!

    • Cathy

      Thank you, Jill. I love it, too!

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This is a blog about writing, creative living, and grace in the everyday. It’s my hope this little spot on the internet will be for you a place of quiet and reflection, a source for inspiration, and a reminder there’s beauty all around—we simply need to keep our hearts open to see it. Thank you for being here with me.

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