"Why wait for the holidays to celebrate? Every day is special."
Pictured from left to right:
Aunt Norma, paternal Grandmother, me, my Dad, and my brother in front.
This picture and the others I have from those early days are some of my most valued possessions.
When I was a young child, I got really excited about Christmas just like every other kid. I remember leafing through every page of the Sears catalog and making a list for Santa. I also remember sleeping on the couch sure that I would catch Santa when he came to deliver presents. Unfortunately, I was a sound sleeper and never got to meet Santa.
Many of you know my Mother died when I was 7 years old and on Christmas Day in 1963 (when I was 11), my Dad was taken to the hospital and never came home again. He was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer that had metastasized into his brain. It was a long 5 months that spanned through New Years, my brothers birthday and my birthday the following Spring.
I've learned lessons from just about everything in life and these tragedies are no different. I learned early on that you shouldn't wait to celebrate. I learned at a young age that every day is special and worth celebrating.
I do love Christmas music and the decorations, but I like to think of every day as if it is worth celebrating. For that, I am very grateful.
Give a gift, send a card, make a special meal. Why wait?
This is my first entry into Debe Maxwell, CRS's November Gratitude Challenge.
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