Things and gifts

A young woman who was visiting with her neighbor saw that she was in stirring the soup she was making with a large wooden knife.   She walked back to her house and then returned to the neighbor with a beautifully crafted soup spoon and presented this to her friend.

“Oh i could not take this,” said the friend, “it is too nice.”

“Take it,” answered the other, “in my house it is only a spoon.  In your house it is a cherished gift.”

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