Listen to the mustn’t, child.
Whenever a friend of mine needed a little vote of confidence, (you know, before an interview, audition, test, etc)…I would say:
“You can do anything!All you have to do is try,try and then you’ll make it”.
After they would get the Job, gig, etc… I would say:
“I told you so and now you owe me a Shnekel (The two New Israeli Shekel coin equivalent to 50 cents)”.
For some reason this almost always worked and so, any friend who was facing a new beginning, came to me for a sort of “Shnekel blessing”.
One of the first gifts I posted about in this blog was a travel booklet that I gave to my friend who decided to follow her dream and needed to travel in order to pursue it. Traditionally, I told her that she will find what she needs in order to pursue her dream and that when she does she will owe me a Shnekel. I finally got to see this friend whom I haven’t seen in a very long time. We were catching up and I was telling her that I’m opening my own interior design studio and that I’m totally freaking out about it… When all of a sudden she said:
” I have to give you something”.
She started by apologizing since she had this gift made long ago and didn’t get the chance to give it to me. Since the trip really put her on track with her dream, she “owed me a Shnekel”.
I was so moved to get this, she most thoughtfully framed a Shnekel with the Shel Silverstein’s poem, “Listen to the mustn’t, child”.
You can immediately tell that she put a lot of thought into this gift. The gift tag, the wrapping and finally the gift itself, were all well thought and beautiful.
The funny thing was that she felt so bad for not giving me the gift before, she didn’t realize that she gave it to me when I needed it most.