We first encountered “surcee” in the lyrics of a song. John and I saw a City Center Encores production of “Where’s Charley?” in 2011. We didn’t understand what the actors were saying, but got the general idea that it meant a thoughtful gift of some sort.

After an online search, we came to understand “surcee” as a sudden, unexpected gift – given ‘just because.’ Apparently it is a word used in the South and not often written down, so the spelling may vary from area to area.

A surcee means that the giver has spent time and energy thinking about the recipient and made the extra effort to do something for another person as a special treat.

I experienced the joy of giving a surcee today. I went to Balthazar Bakery – where special treats are in abundance. Although this photo was taken after my order had depleted one row of Pain au Chocolat.


There is a big window in the little sales area where you can see into the commissary kitchen. It is fun to see the large scale bakery in operation. There is no mistaking that the items are freshly baked.


The baker that waited on me was very patient. I changed my order… after it had already been boxed. I hadn’t seen the Pecan Sticky Buns at the end of the display; I really wanted to buy those instead of Apple Danish.


I was buying a dozen treats to bring to Jack’s veterinarian.

Who would have guessed that one week ago this sweet creature caused quite a stir during a routine visit to the veterinarian’s office.


Weighing in at less than 20 lbs., this little terrier commanded the attention of his doctor, two technicians, and two owners. Like all of us, his disposition can change quite drastically when he feels frightened and threatened. It was no use trying to explain to him that the vaccines and blood sample were for his own good.

The remarkable thing about Jack is, after the trauma of restraint and needles, he immediately returned to a calm and obedient state. Jack was happy to gently take a treat from the hand of the Vet that minutes before he would more likely have taken a finger.

Dr DeSantis and I both commented on Jack’s sudden turn in behavior – it clearly demonstrated that dogs live fully in the present. Jack abandoned his fearful aggression as soon as he sensed it was no longer required.

If only we humans could learn to get over painful things from the past with such immediacy and not drag so much baggage around. After one week I was still remembering my dog’s challenging behavior.

But I was also thinking about the caring individuals who have such genuine concern for my pet’s well-being. It was with them in mind that I dropped off an unexpected box of pastries at our Vet’s office today, and it felt really good.

live. enjoy. repeat.

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