A couple of weeks ago, fermat sent me an email asking if I’d like to be added to his holiday card list. The idea tickled me, and he offered to take my work address if I wasn’t comfortable giving out my home address, so that’s what I gave him. I didn’t really think much about it after I sent my delighted reply.
This afternoon, one of my coworkers handed me a box that had arrived in the mail. I opened it and was astounded to find Hermione’s time turner!
There was a packing slip in the box, but I didn’t immediately recognize the sender’s name. It took me about ten minutes, but the email exchange popped into my head, so I went back to look to see if fermat had signed his real name and, in fact, he HAD!
This wonderful, perfect stranger took time (and no small amount of money!) to send me an incredibly thoughtful and wildly generous gift.
I have always maintained that the primary reason I keep blogs is because of the community they bring to me. I was reminded again, in a very tangible and concrete way, just how giving and supportive and awesome that community is. I am humbled by all of you, and I’m grateful for your presence in my life.