A good story – a true story


Yesterday morning, I got a phone call from a girl saying that she worked down the street at Bongo Java. “We have a surprise here waiting for you – come in anytime this morning and it will be waiting for you.” A SURPRISE?? I never get surprises!

I walked down to the coffee shop, and introduced myself at the counter. The girl reached behind the counter and pulled out a paper coffee cup with a lid on it; written on the cup was a note: “Annie, everyone needs a place to get away, reflect, and people watch. Enjoy!” and was signed from someone who lives out of town, someone who is becoming strangely important to me. Inside the cup was a gift card to Bongo Java.

It was the nicest, most thoughtful gesture I’ve experienced in ages. Simple, but creative. It made me feel like I mattered to someone, and really, isn’t that what we all want? Just to matter to someone?

I beamed all day. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: thank you.


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  1. Allie, Dearest on January 29, 2008 at 4:23 PM


    They would be strangely important to me, too.
    Amazing idea.

  2. ashley & jeremy parsons on January 29, 2008 at 4:45 PM

    YAY! This makes me happy!

  3. Greta on January 29, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Graham, we’re not friends anymore. You surpassed my most rulingest gift after like two days. Stupid creative thoughtful surpasser.

  4. My name is Annie. on January 29, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Greta, your gift will never be surpassed. Never ever. :) It’s in a category all it’s own.

    Love you, girl. xo :)

  5. luke on January 29, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    this makes me smile. all of it.

  6. Marie on January 29, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Probably the coolest gift ever.

  7. Dad on January 29, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Strangely important. . . hmmmmm. . . somebody went to a lot of effort to figure out where a near coffee shop to you would be and then figure out how to get a gift certificate into their hands and how they could get it into your hands. . .

    Strangely important indeed. . .

  8. mom on January 29, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    now, if only we could get all of the “strangely important” people in our lives to emulate this creative thoughtfulness…..
    This is the coolest gift ever – we all agree; we are smiling, and jealous! The shirt from Greta and this all in one week – it’s just TOO MUCH!!!

  9. *MeR* on January 30, 2008 at 12:12 AM

    I think I’m in love! What a way to arrive back to Nashville!! Miss you already.

  10. Nicolas Frisby on January 30, 2008 at 1:00 AM

    Brilliant. Tip o’ the hat to you, sir!

    And much more affordable and dependable than sky-writing, I would imagine.

  11. Sarah on January 30, 2008 at 1:00 AM


    Have I told you that I LOVE Bongo and Fido?

    Reading that post just put a smile on my face :)

  12. Beth on January 30, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Can I get in on this commenting action even though I’m an Internet stranger who just happened upon your blog some time ago? Or are we Internet friends yet? :)

    Anyhoo… I will make the leap of faith and say: COOL GIFT. Aren’t surprises like that the best? Sounds like it was from a lovely, thoughtful friend!

  13. RJTrue on January 30, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    That didn’t even happen to me and I think it just made my day.


  14. rachel rianne on January 31, 2008 at 5:36 PM


    two worlds just collided.
    or did.
    and i didn’t even know it.

    when are you coming back to ks???

  15. Sally on January 31, 2008 at 11:53 PM

    If only we realized the impact little gifts like this had on people. A friend of mine had this happen to her recently. She just went out to her car and sat there almost in tears. Just knowing that someone cared enough to buy her a chai latte… it was so much more than a chai latte to her.

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