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Please, Christmas, don't be late....

Saturday, December 15, 2012

If you are as old as I am you might remember this Christmas song by The Chipmunks. I also have the words memorized from the flip side of the 45 RPM record I had in about 1960.

As I recall, it was one of our saddest Christmases. Our family car was repossessed, my step father went to a locked ward in a state hospital and my mom, half sister and I lived in the principal's (of my junior high) basement until he was able to find us a cheap apartment to live in (about 2-3 weeks). We became homeless as we had been living in one room at a motel and were evicted about December 1st.

The place we got had 1 bedroom and a shared bathroom (with a young married couple). We had no phone and at that time I tried finding pennies in order to buy a 5 cent packet of Kleenex so I wouldn't have to use toilet paper to blow my nose at school. I also made up a pseudo-phone number because I was so embarassd that we didn't have a phone.

Because there was only 1 double bed, my sister and mother slept in the bedroom and I slept on a rickety sofa in the living room until the legs broke off and then I slept on the floor until we were able to get a better place to live about a year later.

I was grateful we had a nice Christmas dinner at the principal's house and even got to open a couple of presents but it wasn't the same as when you have your own place.

At Christmastime (and the rest of year, too) I try to be a good girl and remember all the people who helped us when we needed it. Of course, there were some times when people mistreat those less fortunate but I try not to remember those times.

The main thing I do is pass on as much charity as I can afford to and am always careful to contribute to bonafide charities so the recipients are actually helped out in their time of need. One of the charities I gave to last year was a pharmacy fund at the hospital where I work that is for people who cannot afford necessary medications. The Red Cross and others are also worthy causes and as a teenager was a grateful recipient of those, too.

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MSLZZY 12/15/2012 10:05PM

    Tough times but you lived through it, as did many others.
Hopefully it made you stronger for other challenges in life.

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THINAGIN2 12/15/2012 9:58PM

    My family didn't always get what we wanted but the Lord always provided the things that we needed. I, too, try to give what I can. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
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MERRYMARY42 12/15/2012 8:27PM

    Thank You, I am sure that was hard to write, but just think how wonderful it was that there were and are kind people, I grew up with nothing extra, always got a present, plenty of food, mostly raised, but a great childhood, wish everyone could have one.
Merry Christmas, and I hope it is a super one for you

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PLAYBLUES22 12/15/2012 3:14PM

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CHUM48 12/15/2012 2:47PM

    Being generous is an awesome thing! My goals is continue the generous spirit not only in this season but all year round. May this Christmas be the best you have ever experienced!

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