It Was Years Ago, AND still brings tears to my eyes.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
We were poor, but didn't know how much because like my Mom said, "At least you never went to bed hungry." We never did.
One Christmas I was excited to get my brothers something. I had saved some of my 'huckleberry money' from the summer. We would pick berries to have a little money. Mom, and all us kids -- five brothers and me. (Eventually there were six boys and I was exactly in the middle.) Anyway, a few days before Christmas, I went with Dad to the local grocery store to make my purchases. I bought each of the boys some penny candy. Took them home and secretly wrapped them and put them under the tree. ( It was a small table top tree. Dad insisted we had one, though Mom thought it didn't matter.) Come Christmas morning, I was excited to have the boys open their little gifts. That was all that was under the tree.
I escaped to be by myself in the big double bedroom that my parents and two oldest brothers shared. One of the older ones found me and caught me crying. He wanted to know why I got them something when they didn't get me anything. He thought I was crying because there was nothing under the tree for me. Not so!
"I am not crying because there was nothing for me. I am crying because I couldn't give more."
To this day, I have kept that attitude but have tuned it to the adult I have become. My daughter and grand kids think I do too much, but they know and I know, I will not be here forever and I want to make memories. It has become almost a custom now that my son's family and my daughter's family each get some kind of a light--a lantern, a flashlight, candles--something to represent 'the Light of the World." The gift is a symbol of that first Christmas when the greatest gift ever was given to us from God, the Father. Could it be that our Father would like to do more for us, but can't because we are in the way???
I hope each of us take time out this busy holiday season to give thanks for the wonderful gift and His precious light.
Merry Christmas, friends!