12 April 2014
“Flat Kathy, it is customary for a guest to bring a little gift,” explained my friend Birgitte from Denmark, as she was getting me ready for my long flight to South Africa. “Especially if you’re going to be staying with Reggie and Richard for a while.”
“Oh!” I said. “I would love to do that. Will you help me find something suitable?”
“Certainly,” said Birgitte, “in fact, I have something right here that I’m sure they would love; I found it at a bookshop in town. You can tell them it comes from both of us, okay?”
She showed it to me, and I helped her to wrap it in some pretty red gift-wrap, and to tie a cheerful red bow around it. She also added a beautiful card to accompany the gift.
When I landed in South Africa a couple of weeks later, I handed her the gift. “This is from Birgitte – and me,” I told her.
Reggie unwrapped it carefully, while I peered over her shoulder.
“Ohh!” she exclaimed, delightedly. “Oh look! It’s a book about Copenhagen!”
“Yes,” I said, “Birgitte told me that you and Richard were hoping to visit Denmark some day, and so she thought this would be very useful for you when you plan your trip.”
“Oh it will!” said Reggie, giving me a big hug. “Thank you so much. Let’s write Birgitte an email to say thank you, alright?”
And then, Edward T Bear and I made ourselves comfortable on the sofa, and read the tour guide about Copenhagen, while I told him all about my visit to Denmark.
It is wonderful to learn about different countries and to meet new people and make new friends all over the world. I feel like the luckiest person on the planet.