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Thursday, December 20, 2012

The sweetest thing.

With Christmas spirit all around us, happiness in the air and people thinking of others, I want to share here a few things that have meant the most to me.

The first I received two years ago by way of my Grade 8 teacher (a.k.a. the best teacher I've ever had). Maybe it looks like just a paper doll, (originally it came with candy, but that's long gone) but it's so much MORE. It's the extra research she put in to find the Guiding uniform (and sure, that's a Girl Scout uniform, but still. =D), and the compliment that helped me to hold my head up high on the worst days. That little white box on the doll's hip? That [represents] my insulin pump. And that says 'BRAVE' on it. And that helped me to keep the tears behind my eyes when all they wanted to do was fall out.

So, Mme. A, I don't know if you still read this, but I haven't forgotten. Thank you. :)

And the second was given to me today, indirectly, by my little Spark buddy. (The spark buddy that I sat with for an hour at camp.)
When the other sparks leader emailed me and said there was a card left for me at the meeting place, I expected a card - maybe hand-coloured - with a signature, stuffed into an envelope. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found this:

And inside? A fancy, personal photo-card with a handwritten message that made me almost tear up:

Merry christmas [my name, spelled right :)] Giggles (that's my guiding alias)
I miss you
Love [little spark buddy]
Written in adorable little-kid writing and spelling, and so special and heartwarming. I just can't even. I want to take it everywhere with me. 
It certainly fixed my mediocre day. :)
It's almost funny how it's the smallest, seemingly most insignificant things that you plan to keep for as long as humanly possible.


  1. Maryna, you ARE one of the most brave, intelligent and kind hearted young people I have ever had the pleasure in meeting and spending time with. You are an inspiration.
    thank you for the special Christmas gift you have given me this year.
    Joyeux Noel!
    Madame A :) xo

  2. Thank you so much. :) :) :)

    Joyeux Noel a toi aussi!