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#165: A Gift of Oranges

Friday, December 11, 2009

Do you believe the old saying that it is better to give than to receive?

Although I do not enjoy the oppressive heat and humidity of Central Florida's summers, I'm here for the foreseeable future.

But I'm blessed to have mature orange and grapefruit trees in the back yard. While they last, fresh fruit is just a few steps away. Both the oranges and grapefruit are sweet and juicy and it is such a thrill each time I pick one.

Last night a friend invited me to dinner and I took a few oranges for one of our favorite servers. I warned her to be careful cutting them because they were full of juice. Soon I heard laughter and she came out with juice on her arms and part of her apron.

"I didn't listen to you," she said with a wide grin.

"Did you like it?" I asked.

"Like IT? IT? I've already eaten three of them! They were delicious."

I felt good for having shared some of the free bounty that graces the trees in the yard. She enjoyed the gift and my friend's smile showed that he, too, received pleasure from the server's reaction.

Isn't that what one of the true reasons for Christmas and year round is -- to make others feel better and to share the gifts we have been given?

It may not be fruit, but everyone has something special available to them, a skill maybe, that can be used to enhance another's life. What gift have you been blessed with that can be shared with someone else?
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    How thoughtful of you to give her the oranges! Giving gifts to others, no matter what the gift may be, is a wonderful blessing for the person who receives it, and a blessing for the giver, as well.

    Thank you for the wonderful things you teach us through your blogs!
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  • no profile photo CD3872418
    Wow, I wish I had orange trees growing in my backyard! I'm a little jealous. I do believe it's much better and nicer to give than to receive, and that's why I love Christmas so much. It makes me so happy to see the smiles on my loved ones' faces!

    Thank you for sharing, this blog made me happy :)

    4098 days ago
    I do believe it is better to give than to recieve. You proved it by the way you felt after giving your fruit. Right now I give my time to the little ones.
    4098 days ago
    A very thought provoking blog Lou. It reminds me of a Christmas Play I took part in when I was a child. It was about all the blessings that God gives to us and was thought provoking the Question "What shall we give God?" I had to stand up and repeat a little poem I memorized that I have never forgot to this day. It said, "What can I give him as poor as I am? If I were a shepard I would give him a lamb! If I were a wise man I would do my part. What can I give him? I will give him my heart!" ....thought I would share that with you. Hugs, Joy
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    Comment edited on: 12/11/2009 10:59:20 PM
  • LINDA25427
    Having fruits tree and wonderful friit to share sounds fantastic. God has blessed you with these gifts and the ability of sharing . God bless.
    4098 days ago
    That was so thoughtful of you! You are such a sweet man. I've never had a garden or fruit trees. That has to feel wonderful!!
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    such a small act of kindness produced such joy. thank you for sharing. emoticon
    4098 days ago
    How great to have your own oranges at your back door, and how great to share. Good blog.!!
    4098 days ago
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    This is a great blog. But you have me wondering what gift DO I have that can be shared? I am not a great cook, and I don't have oranges or grapefruits growing in my yard. I do believe that it is better to give than to receive and I always try to give of myself or give a small gift when one least expects it. I prefer that to giving on certain occasions (birthday or such) when people start feeling obligated to give a gift back on your birthday or such then. You really have me thinking here, Lou, which I am sure was your very intention!
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    Comment edited on: 12/11/2009 6:09:21 PM
    I love this blog! Thanks for sharing!

    4099 days ago
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