Christmas Eve in Kodiak AK - The Fisherman's Gift

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors
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The Fisherman's Gift 

 

This is an entry into Kathy Streib's December Challenge: Share a Favorite Holiday Memory with Us. Thanks Kathy! 

 

Several months after a divorce, when my sons were quite young, I made a decision to move to Kodiak, Alaska to help start a radio station. Still in my twenties, it was a bold move. Dad and mom, and the rest of the family thought I was nuts, so did my friends. Other than two people, I didn't know a soul on the seemingly desolate island in the Gulf of Alaska. It was my first time away from home too, other than college. 


Up until then, my life had been rather protected. Family support and comfort was always readily available. We'd been there a few weeks when, on Christmas Eve, the blues moved in like a powerful storm front.  Limited funds and loneliness were taking their toll. Driving from the supermarket with a carton of eggnog and a few scant groceries for the holiday, I was having strong misgivings about my decision. 

 

My two little boys sat quietly in the backseat, no doubt picking up on mom's anxiety. I fought back tears. Our apartment was okay, but nothing like the home we'd left behind. What had I done? Kodiak gets some pretty epic winter weather and this night was no exception. Mixed rain and snow hammered at the windshield and, on occasion, heavy gusts of wind pushed at the side of the car causing it to sway. I felt alone and vulnerable. 

 

We were at a stop light, close to home, when the driver of a truck behind me flashed his lights. My rear view mirror reflected the pulsing glare. Next, he hit the horn several times. Seconds later, I was startled to see a big burly fisherman appear at the side window. Gruff and disheveled, he asked if I wanted a King Crab. He'd sold most of his catch at the docks, but had one large one left to unload before heading back home.


He placed the big box with crab in the trunk and with a quick wave and a Merry Christmas, was off. Suddenly, the spirit of the season filled the car.  Playfully, I told the kids our mysterious fisherman was no doubt Santa in disguise. Their eyes sparkled as they continued to ask me more questions throughout the rest of the evening. Our dingy little apartment felt alive with laughter, hope, and Christmas cheer. 

 

Suffice to say, that special Christmas Eve gift from a stranger remains one of my all time favorite memories. You just never know.  

 

 

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Laura Cerrano
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I know from experience how magical Alaska can be and especially in this case! Happy Holidays!

Dec 04, 2017 11:28 PM #51
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Kat Palmiotti
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What a beautiful story; I had tears in my eyes! That was indeed Santa. What a wonderful treat! I'm sure your holiday was much better after that. 

Dec 05, 2017 03:42 AM #52
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Lise Howe
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THat is a great story - to Santa, it was just making sure that a crab didn't go to waste, but for you - a game changer - so glad that Santa appeared that night! 

Dec 05, 2017 05:27 AM #53
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Amazing!  A seemingly simple gesture made a huge and positive impact on your perspective and the fact that the your appreciation has continued for decades, certainly makes that gesture of kindness, the gift that keeps on giving. 

Dec 05, 2017 05:50 AM #54
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John Wiley
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Thank you so much for sharing your personal story.

The act of one person, a stranger, made such an impact on you and your boys.

And now, years later, we are also blessed.

It reminds me that an act of kindness and generosity can make a difference.

This is the True Spirit of Christmas.

Dec 05, 2017 06:14 AM #55
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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John Wiley Thanks so much for your gracious comment. It really does reflect the True Spirit of Christmas - and reminds us all that a simple gesture can have a huge impact on another person's circumstances. 

Dec 05, 2017 06:32 AM #56
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Beth Atalay
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Good morning Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, a simple gesture that made a great impact. You'll remember this one for many years to come. Thanks for sharing with us.

Dec 05, 2017 07:02 AM #57
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Katrina Benton
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Merry Christmas from Kodiak!  It's raining pretty good here today :) I was surprised to see Kodiak on the Activerain home page!  

Dec 05, 2017 02:07 PM #58
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Donny Carter
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What a wonderful memory! A random act of kindness that changed your entire outlook on the situation.  

Dec 06, 2017 07:10 AM #59
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Oh, Debb, that brought tears to my eyes! Angels among us...

Dec 06, 2017 09:44 AM #60
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Dörte Engel
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Dear Debb & Bernie,

Welcome to Alaska & have a nice day in sharing community. When you have extra: give, when you do not: receive.

Dec 06, 2017 03:01 PM #61
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Paul McFadden
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Wow! Great story. It makes me want to go to Kodiak to get some crab!

Dec 07, 2017 08:29 AM #62
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Paul McFadden Hope you're staying busy - went to comment on your blog and see you haven't written in a bit. That speaks of busy.  Kodiak is worth a visit one day...

Dec 07, 2017 08:38 AM #63
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Hi Debb: Thanks. It's true I don't post too much anymore. I'll see if I can find more time. Be well!

Dec 07, 2017 10:32 AM #64
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Rebecca Gaujot
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The fisherman's friendly gesture made your holiday. I've been to Kodiak and would not want to live there.

Dec 10, 2017 08:54 PM #65
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Jan Green
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What a precious story!  I love how you shared it; a reader can really imagine what you were up to and how you felt.  Great story!

Dec 17, 2017 11:44 AM #67
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Jan, I'm so happy this one was featured too, it is really an emotional story for me. Even after all these years. D 

Dec 17, 2017 11:51 AM #68
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Inna Ivchenko
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Wow, Debb,

this is the most unusually Christmas memories I've heard;) 

Dec 18, 2017 11:29 PM #69
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Inna Ivchenko
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Thanks for sharing your special memories! 

Happy Holidays to you and yours:) 

Dec 18, 2017 11:30 PM #70
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John Juarez
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Thank you for your heart warming story, Debb. Our family has feasted on crab for Christmas a few times. Next time we make crab our Christmas dining choice, I will remember you story of how a stranger made Christmas so much better for your family.

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