The Spirit of Giving

Brothers, sisters, sisters-in-law, sons and daughters, son-in-law and daughter-in-law all joined hands in a big circle. One brother led the blessing for our traditional Christmas breakfast, usually presided over by Mom. With amens said, there was a moment’s pause. Then a voice rang out right next to me, “What’s a guy gotta do to get a hug around here?”

Confused and stunned, I turned and dissolved into tears as my son wrapped his arms around me, and my sobbing daughter joined in the hug. My brothers and sister sent him a plane ticket to surprise us. Everyone had been enlisted to keep the secret and not a single hint leaked out!

All of us faced a difficult holiday season this year, the first without our mother and our sister’s husband…

The Spirit of Giving saved us and brought us all joy. We celebrated the true meaning of Christmas once again.

Thanks, Sue, Doug & Renate, Paul & Beth. Merry Christmas, Mom and Kenny! We love you, Paul- Mom and Miranda!

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7 Responses to The Spirit of Giving

  1. C.J. Penn says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.

  2. Carol says:

    So glad you had such a special blessing on what sounds like it could have been a really hard day! Best wishes for a terrific 2015!

  3. Ramona says:

    What a fun surprise! I love how your son announced his presence. What a gift you were given on this first difficult Christmas without your loved ones.

  4. arjeha says:

    What a lovely story. What a perfect Christmas present you received…and not a leak from anyone. May you and your family have a healthy, prosperous, and Happy New Year.

  5. elsie says:

    Now that’s a moment to hold onto forever! Happy New Year to you and prayers that it will be filled with joy.

  6. Such a beautiful gift! It’s what will make the holidays a little bit easier to enjoy given the difficult year for your family. Happy New Year!

  7. mayawoodall says:

    What a wonderful surprise and blessing to have your son present with you on the holidays–I’m sure that took a bit of the edge off the sadness for awhile and let you enjoy Christmas. A beautiful story, indeed.

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