In the last month I have twice given quotations as gifts. For my niece who graduated from high school I chose twelve I thought spoke to her new status and the great adventure in front of her. The twelve quotations represented the twelve years of schooling just completed. I found a rather inexpensive pounded silver box, printed the quotations and cut them out individually, placed them in the box and tied a net ribbon around it. As teenagers seem to prefer cash or a gift quite beyond my budget I was happy to see she and her friends admiring the box, passing the quotes around and reading them to one another. It was a hit!
Last night I bought another inexpensive box, one shaped like a book. It was perfect for a dear friend who is in my book group and is celebrating her sixtieth birthday. Choosing sixty appropriate quotes is a bit larger task but always enjoyable to me as I can always use the inspiration as I sift through my collection. My friend has been a dancer and dance instructor for years so I was thrilled to find, for her, the definitive quote from Shakespeare; “There was a star that danced and under that you were born.” Can’t wait to give it to her.
Years ago I came up with the next idea because of my frustration in trying to come up with a gift that would lift the spirits of someone who is very ill. You want to give them hope and solace and flowers or most anything else just doesn’t seem to do it. I collect prescription bottles from friends and family and have bought them from my pharmacist (you need a rather large size). At the health food store I buy a bag of large empty gelatin capsules. Measuring carefully I print out 30 quotes small enough to be rolled and slipped into the capsules. These quotes are carefully selected to give the patient comfort through inspiration or humor. I keep the following template and change the name and date when I make a new one to print out and tape onto the bottle. The rolling of the quotes into the capsules is a labor of love but well worth the effort when you learn how touched and appreciative the recipient is.
STONE’S PHARMACY (801-488-2061)
931 South Larch St.
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
RX # 123456
TAKE A CAPSULE DAILY OR WHEN NEEDED
Refills available upon request