This is my Jamaican friend Icolin. I love her and so does our Lab Rastus. She does my housework and keeps my home as orderly as she can manage while dealing with my untidy habits. I am so grateful that she frees me up for more time in the sewing room.
More than that, she is a loving, serene presence who goes about her business humming–EVEN when she is trying to make her way through my sewing room. No mess is too much for her. Dependable, hard working and sweet as pie, Icolin is a devout Christian woman. She shares my troubles, lives the gospel and prays faithfully for my family and any friends in need. Icolin is a genuine treasure.
I wanted to do something to show my appreciation, even something as small as embroidering this apron for her. When I gave it to her, she flashed her beautiful smile and thanked me in her musical Jamaican accent. She loved it. I could listen to her lilting, island-girl talk for hours.
It made me happy to offer her this small token of appreciation for her hard work and loyalty. Now that I think about it, there are many others who deserve some tangible expression of my gratitude. But Icolin is at the top of my list.
Have you made a “small token of appreciation” for someone special in your life? I’d love to hear about it.