I’m popping in today to share a happy experience. I was having a particularly stressful day, and just a rough patch in general. I’d recently and quite suddenly lost a long-time friend. I was unable to attend her funeral, because I just didn’t feel emotionally equipped. I went to her viewing and said my goodbyes. My daughter was a tremendous help, and though I always want to be her rock, it was she who helped me keep it together with hugs and gentle words of encouragement. I’m truly proud of the young woman she’s becoming.
A couple days later, my husband called and said he’d been in an accident. He let me know immediately that he was fine, but the whole situation only added to my already anxious state. I had this “woman on the verge” feeling. I walked into the house with my hubby after picking him up, and I saw the mail, and in it, a box. My lovely friend, Danette, of The Don Deeva Custom Varnish, had sent me a care package.
The waterworks began immediately. Danette is one of the first people with whom I opened up about my anxiety and depression. I can’t explain it, but she has always been somehow attuned to my spirit, and this wasn’t the first time I’d received a unexpected package from her at a particularly rough time. What touches me most is that she had no way of knowing I was hurting. I’m not even sure I’d acknowledged, even to myself, that the spiral had begun. I usually feel the stirrings of a depressive episode, and do things that lift my spirits. At this particular time, I didn’t have the strength to fight it, and, if I’m honest, I’d actually begun to embrace it. I’d been sort of retreating into myself and finding comfort in that darkness, which is never good for me or those around me.
My package contained all kinds of stickers and toys, to my heart’s utter delight…y’all know what a big kid I am. There were Pokémon stickers and little figures, a magnet for my helmer, stickers with The Don Deeva logo, and some of her signature rubber duckies! There was a bottle of her Limoncello Cuticle Liqueur, which my neglected tips desperately needed, and that smells good enough to eat (but don’t!). There were also nine colorful little bottles of pure joy. I showed you one in my last Glossybox review, because I couldn’t wait to put it on. Danette knows I love blue polish, as well as colors that are dark and mysterious, and she made it a point to include plenty of each. My absolute favorite thing in the box, though, was the beautiful note that ended with “I’m always here for you.” When I tell you her words were a balm for my wounded spirit? That’s real talk.
I’ll be sharing more about these pretties, and some manicures, too, on my nail blog within the next few days. Feel free to stop in, take a look around, and subscribe, if you’re so inclined. I just wanted to post here first, because this gift was so much more than nail polish. Because I internalize everything, Danette had no way of knowing this, and not even my family, who lives with me and sees me every day, knows or understands the depths of my darkness. This gift was a lifeline. It was proof that guardian angels do exist. It was a warm bear hug at a time I felt alone. Most of all, it was pure, unadulterated love, and given to me for no other reason than to say, “I’m thinking about you.” I couldn’t be more grateful. If you’d like to check out The Don Deeva’s wide selection of unique nail polishes and nail care products, you can find them here.
Do you have a lifeline? Is there anyone in your life who always seems to appear when you need them?
Thanks so much for reading!