The Strawberry Patch

Enrichment and Inspiration for Beta Sigma Phi Sisters from Marilyn Ross

Gifts Without Ribbons

 Friends give each other so many gifts through the years. And not just on special occasions. There are all those times when you pass a shop window and see something and think -- 'that just looks like my friend. I'll buy it as a little surprise!'

 Usually these gifts aren't large or expensive, but the smallest present, when it comes from a friend, brings a very special kind of happiness.

 There are other gifts, too. GIFTS WITHOUT RIBBONS. And friends have a way of exchanging these almost every time they meet. They don't cost a thing, but very often they are prized more than anything you can hang in a closet or put in a drawer.

 GIFTS WITHOUT RIBBONS are the expressions of kindness and love which friends store in their memories and treasure in their hearts.

How many times

Do we withhold small gifts

Because we feel they are unworthy

Or because we will not take time out

Even to bestow them?

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