30. A Thoughtful Gift

Catherine invited Nelson to dinner. Last semester she been a student in Nelson’s grammar class, but had to drop the class because her son was having a problem in school. The problem that he wasn’t studying. Catherine decided that Kendall more motivation. She would provide that motivation by him like a hawk. She would also restrict use of his Game Boy. He was allowed play the computer game only on weekends.

Nelson getting to be an old man. He had teaching various subjects for almost 40 years. He have retired 10 years ago, but he loved . He said his students gave him something to forward to every day. He planned to teach he dropped dead in the classroom.

Nelson needed take a little gift to Catherine to show gratitude for the invitation. He couldn’t think of would be appropriate. Opening his kitchen cabinet, he the perfect gift—an unopened box of tea. In kitchen drawer, he found some fresh-looking wrapping paper. wrapped the box of tea up expertly. Feeling of himself, he drove over to Catherine’s and the doorbell.

He presented his gift. Catherine made funny face. She said she loved the wrapping . Then she unwrapped the tea and made another face. “Nelson, I gave this tea to you the end of last semester, and I wrapped in this paper!”

Nelson gulped. His face turned . He told himself he had to be more with gifts in the future. Stammering, he apologized Catherine. She smiled and said, “It’s okay. It’s thought that counts, yes?”