It is a season full of surprises: Pretty presents under the tree, cookies from a neighbor by the front door, deliveries from UPS, packages in the mailbox, cards from an old friend, etc.
The other day, I got quite a lovely surprise. In my mailbox, was a package from a town in New Jersey, and the return address a name I didn't know. I opened the shipping box, and there was a small white box with a red ribbon, and Italian writing. There was also a note:
I have been a loyal follower of your blog for years now, and this is finally the year to thank you.
You have made me smile on dark days, made my friends and family think I can cook, inspired me to keep the crazy traveling, and helped me to be forever grateful for my husband!
God bless you this season and always, Palma! Please accept my small gift.
Inside the box was a beautiful Italian ceramic ornament for our Italy tree (made by Rampini, like my dishes...)
OMG! I had tears in my eyes. I have no idea who reads my blog. I get a weekly report with numbers of views, but I will admit there are days I wonder, "Why do I do this? No one cares." Sometimes I have nothing to say, or haven't cooked anything new or done anything memorable, but I don't usually go to bed without a blog post scheduled to post at 5 something the next morning (for my east coast and Italian readers). Sometimes, it takes me over an hour to download photos, and post them one at a time. Sometimes, I will type a LONG recipe with photos of each step of the process. If I go two or three days without a comment, I wonder if anybody is reading my posts. Sometimes I get too busy to leave a comment or even look at my friends' blogs for several days, and realize, they don't know I saw their blogs either.
Cynthia, you MADE MY DAY! Mille Grazie for a very special gift, and beautiful and inspiring note. I guess I will keep blogging!
To all my readers, Happy Holidays, and Buon Natale!