The Perfect Thank-You Gift
“You really made me feel better,” said the cuddly little woman. I had put the lid on her little episode of mania very quickly, and she was happy with me. She was stable and I was making our appointments further apart.
“You like scarves,” she said to me. “I think I’ll knit you a scarf.” She was not a wealthy woman she had much work, many responsibilities. “I love the thought, but you don’t have to. I have too many and they get stuck on my sequins. My husband always has a mess to untangle when we go somewhere.”
I told her that if she really wanted to make me happy, She could make a scarf only if it were something she really enjoyed. And I would be especially happy if she gave it to someone who did not presently own a scarf. She could spread the fashion, and spread the happiness. I earned a huggy kiss from my patient on that one. I would rather collect those than scarves, anyway.