PENANCE: Humility

Nov 29, 2010
Outside Magazine

Penance: Humility
Giving big doesn't always mean spending big. In fact, it rarely does. Because when you're out to show that you really, truly give a damn, the rule is to put in the time, not the money. Imagine Christmas Eve. She opens the box; inside is a plain CD with a simple note: play me. She does. You take her hand and, after all these years, lead her in the best waltz/mambo/whatever of her life. She learns then that you spent the past ten Thursday nights ditching the poker game to take lessons. Because it's not the thought that counts, dummy; it's the effort.

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