This past Christmas was the same as in years past. Packing to visit one of my daughters and her family for the Christmas Holiday. The usual challenge continues of how do I get everything in a suitcase for a family of five for Christmas and all of my stuff, too? This year I ended up with a larger suitcase and a box, both checked!
While packing I figured I should also bring along something to read to pass the time. Sometimes if something of inspiration surfaces, I'll pull out my laptop and write a blog, but I was too tired to feel inspired. Looking through a packed box of books I happened upon a book my sister gave me, "The Christmas Box."
There are books and movies that you know are worth reading/watching again so I figured why not?! Which was the reason it was packed in a closet. This book has special meaning for me and a book I will share only with close family.
This book was given to me as a gift from my sister. Inscribed inside are the dates of birth and death of her two sons, my nephews. Such a sad inscription and an even more sad reality. I've told this story before so I won't go into it, just know that this is a deeply personal, treasured gift.
Fast forward and I've read the book on the first leg of my flights and started another (short read.) Since it was a short read I decided to share the book with my oldest daughter after arriving at her home. It's a heart warming story that was a best seller and now has been made into a Hallmark movie.
This week I had the good fortune to be invited to a book type of event. The funny thing is I had two of those on the same night.
I bailed on the book event written by a sustainability guru and decided last minute to join my friends at the other event. After looking at whose book event I was attending - low and behold it was the author of the Christmas Box!
Meeting someone who could write such a book was a real treat. His charitable work has helped to save children from uncertain futures.
As a result of the book, he created the Angel Statue for grieving parents to mourn the loss of their children.
He says that to date there are over 150 of these in existence. We have one in Scottsdale, another personal aspect of this story.
It was a wonderful coincidence from having just re-read the book on Christmas Day. I'm looking forward to more of his books! Amazon here I come!