Have you ever made a gift of your writing? I mean if you knitted scarves of made ceramic bowls, you’d probably give people the fruits of your labours from time to time. So why not words? A verse or two would make a unique, personal (and inexpensive) gift. On the other hand, would you be haunted by the fear that they didn’t actually like it? Or think you’re a cheapskate.
I’ve given the gift of phraseology three times, always as part of a bigger present, including a poem to my Mum and a Christening gift to my friends little boy. It seemed to have gone down well (I believe those were tears of joy not sadness), but still it’s nerve-wracking.
Perhaps someone has asked you to write something for a special occasion, like a few words for a wedding or anniversary? An even more nerve-wracking experience I expect and fraught with pitfalls.
So gifting your words is best done in small doses I think. It’s easier to share it on the Internet with strangers instead.
So have you ever given your words as a present? Or written something for a special occasion on request?