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!