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Thu., Feb. 14, 2013, 10:57 a.m.

Cindy: Perfect Gift For All Seasons

His shock of white hair stood on end as he ran his hands through it. He wanted to talk about food, rattling off recipes from memory until I ran out of room on the cheap hospital stationery I’d grabbed from a nurse. At 16, my cooking repertoire was limited to frozen burritos and microwaveable meals. Yet here I sat, discussing veal osso bucco and charlotte russe with a stranger. My dad had undergone open-heart surgery at the Seattle Veterans Administration Hospital and while he dozed, I hoped to sneak out to the vending machine to snag a candy bar. “I’m starving,” I said to my mom. I never made it to the vending machine. “Miss?” said the man in the bed next to my dad’s. “Do you have a minute?” And that’s how I met the man who showed me the perfect gift for any occasion from Valentine’s Day to Christmas morning. No one is allergic to it. It’s truly one size-fits-all, and it doesn’t cost a dime. It’s the gift of listening, and I admit, at first I gave it grudgingly/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here.

Question: Who will you listen to today?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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