Mara wanted to thank her mother. But the scarf would never look any good on her. Should she tell her? No. She didn’t want to appear ungrateful. Should she return it to her mother? No. A returned gift is painful. People think it’s a repudiation of their love.
But she’d been taught not to lie.
She picked through her note cards and selected one with damask roses, the color of the scarf. Mara’s least favorite color. The pen wobbled over the paper.
Thank you for thinking of me. Your gift is a blessing.
She left out one word: mixed. Honest mistake.