It was a collection of drawings, of course. My good friend from grad
school, Amanda, made me a handmade miniature book filled with
calligraphy and fun sketches of our time together in school. The cover
is light blue and the pages are accordion-style, one folding over the
next. The book is made from basic materials—paper, cardboard, pen, and
ink—but it is one of my prized possessions because it is a
one-of-a-kind artwork made especially for me by someone I care about.
The thoughtfulness of the gesture still bowls me over.