Favorite Christmas Memory

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This post is in response to Kathy Streib's Holiday Challenge for a Favorite Holiday Memory.  

 

Growing up in the middle of 6 siblings, 4 of which were boys, provided for a boisterous childhood.  The boys were always interested in sports, which included football.  Being the "runt" of the litter didn't provide me with a ready invitation, irregardless of my pleading.  

 

My father was larger than life to me.  I didn't know it at 4 when I called him my Dad.  He was my step-dad.  He later adopted me and I have a feeling I was a bit spoiled!  But he was the ultimate be all end all when it came to authority figures, at least for my brothers anyway.  He was firm but when it came to me, he was gentle and caring.  He knew how to handle my brothers, physically, much better than my 4' 10" mother of 90 pounds did at her stature.   

 

For this reason, I knew to go to my father when it was something worthy of pleading.  I asked to play football with my brothers.  He knew they didn't want me playing so he consoled me and I sulked away.   Apparently he didn't forget that because that Christmas there was something special from Santa.   There it was unwrapped and with a tag on it.  The biggest item under the tree.  My younger brother looked at it and with disgust, put his hands on his hips and said, it's for her!  

 

I'll never forget the utter feeling of accomplishment.  I had something my brothers wanted and it bore a Christmas tag with my name on it!  An electric football set!  I played with it over and over.  My brothes were visible upset.  My "Dad" watched me and smiled.  

 

I went on to play "sports" for 25 years, playing and coaching.  The thrill of any game was never lost.  But I'll never forget that one Christmas when I wanted to play and couldn't.  That electric football game provided hours of play for me.  Eventually I let my brothers play, eventually!

 

 

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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Jan. What a lovely, moving and fun story. Thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas.

Dec 21, 2017 07:02 AM #10
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Jan Green
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I know what you mean Laura Cerrano !  

 

Dec 21, 2017 07:40 AM #11
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Jan Green
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Thank you Endre Barath, Jr. .  We only know what we experience so I grew up with constant activity.  Took a real adjustment when my last daughter moved out of the house.  I'd never been alone - you had me beat on that one! 

Dec 21, 2017 07:41 AM #12
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Jan Green
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So true Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 !  Certain times stand out because something unique happened.  This contest is such fun.  I must have read 20 of the entries.  Such fun reading them. 

Dec 21, 2017 07:42 AM #13
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Jan Green
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You are so right Brian England .  He always had a soft spot for me because I wasa shrimp in the middle of tall boys!  Only one of my brothers is short like me, the rest are 5'10 +.  Have a great day Brian!

Dec 21, 2017 07:43 AM #14
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Jan Green
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I bet you did Myrl Jeffcoat !  Reminds me of my youngest daughter who wanted another sibling.  Three was enough for me! 

Dec 21, 2017 07:43 AM #15
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Jan Green
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Thank you for reading Amanda S. Davidson !  Yes he did and he was always "there" for me.  Nice memories.  He's been gone since '88 but I can still see his whiskers!

Dec 21, 2017 07:44 AM #16
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Jan Green
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You're welcome Sheila Anderson !  I'll look for yours :)  Happy Holidays to you!

Dec 21, 2017 07:44 AM #17
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Kathy Streib
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Hi Jan- What a wonderful (step)dad you had to listen to your needs and find a way to make you feel special!!!  Beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing this. 

Dec 21, 2017 06:22 PM #18
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Jan Green
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Thank you Kathy Streib !   This contest is so hear warming.  Read those last night to Christmas music!  Happy Holidays!

Dec 21, 2017 07:14 PM #19
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Jan, what a wonderful memory and thanks for sharing about your childhood and your wonderful step-dad.

Dec 26, 2017 09:22 PM #20
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Jan Green
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Thank you for reading and commenting Rebecca Gaujot !  He was a doll to think of me and understand that I was being left out!  Happy Holidays!

Dec 27, 2017 10:03 AM #21
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Debbie Reynolds
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My brothers got one of those games and they were gracious enough to let me play. Loved your story, Jan and Happy New Year.

Dec 28, 2017 09:55 AM #22
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Jan Green
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You have a very nice brother Debbie Reynolds !  Love this contest.  I was such fun reliving that memory.  I can still see my "dad's" smiling face, grinning from ear to ear!  

Dec 28, 2017 12:11 PM #23
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Jan Green - Now this is a classic! Those old "Father Knows Best," movies I watched as a kid doesn't compare to your story! You weaved together such a great, GREAT story. Your step-father is a very special man. I'm happy to hear he adopted you and you had a real father figure in your life who loved you enough to make you feel good and confident. Plus, he taught your brothers a very valuable lesson too! 

Congratulations on playing sports for 25 years; then go on to coach. And to think, you got your humble beginnings with a very wonderful father! What a gift!

Dec 29, 2017 03:54 AM #24
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Jan Green
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Ahh, thank you for catching the essence of my story  Patricia Feager !  He was a great man and also a Flying Tiger in WW II!  To me, he was larger than life, which is why my newphew is named after him.  He had a wicked sense of humor too.  Later in life, I'd drop by and he'd ask me ot water his plants.  I had no idea they were silk.  He'd eventually laugh hysterically!  What a card!  He was a gift, but sadly died in 1988.  What a legacy!  

Dec 29, 2017 07:55 AM #25
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Sharon Tara
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That is absolutley perfect. What a great dad! I can see why this is a favorite memory for you! 

Jan 06, 2018 03:39 PM #26
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Jan Green
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Thank you Sharon Tara !  Yes, it is one that I will always remember.  Being in the middle of 4 brothers was definitely drama!  Happy New Year!

Jan 07, 2018 08:19 AM #27
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Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem
Innovative Realty Solutions Group - Winter Springs, FL
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what a wonderful memory... thanks for sharing!

Jan 19, 2018 09:44 AM #28
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Thank you for reading and commenting Lesley Wilson-VanGoethem !  

Jan 20, 2018 01:35 PM #29
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