Freely Giving


The bed and breakfast was full of excitement as everyone gathered for dinner. I enjoyed sitting with my friend Milly Hunt Porter outside on the upper deck.  The sun raised a hand in creating spectacular views. The distant river looked inviting in its filter of soft colors. The air was still and lent a calm feeling to the environment.

I noticed her small stature as she contributed her pearls of wisdom. I pondered if she knew how inspired I became as her words resonated in my heart. Time became non existent as descriptions of her experiences came alive in my listening.  When the evening came to an end I found myself wanting to acknowledge her for the time she spent with me. Yet there was underlying message that kept formulating in every story she recalled and shared.

I gleaned a precious unique pearl in hearing Milly ask a question. ” whatever happened to freely sharing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich ” I sat back in my chair and threw my hands in air and replied ” I don’t have the foggiest clue ” I began to chuckle.  Milly continued with her feelings about the blessings of giving ourselvs freely, with no expectation of receiving anything in return.

On the return trip from Bruneau Idaho I found myself in deep thought. My husband Jim broke the silence and asked me what I was pondering. I looked over at him and shared, ” it just occurred to me, that horses are always freely giving of themselves. They are unrestrained by human expectations. They do not hesitate to share their peanut butter and jelly sandwiches”  We both smiled as the sounds of the road took back over our drive back home.

Receive the blessings of freely giving of yourself 

By Donnette Hicks

In gratitude of Milly Hunt Porter

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