I’m not going to lie to you. Christmas can be a tough time of the year for me. Thirty years ago, my father died the day after Christmas. It is impossible to think of Christmas without remembering that loss. His death forever changed the landscape of my childhood.
Still, I revel in the joy that can be found in the season. I am easily moved to tears when I hear of random acts of kindness.
One of my little students, Mr. Hero, has leukemia. He has been responding well to treatment and we even anticipate his return to school sometime in January. One of his friends, who also has leukemia, attends a neighboring school and is not doing very well. In fact, the family is preparing to bring her home for her final days.
My loss pales in comparison to what these parents must be feeling.
Still, this little 9 year old girl has hopes and dreams. One of her final wishes is to receive cards from all over the world. I know this is a clichéd wish – but it is what this child wants. If you are in a position to mail a card to this child, please indicate so in a comment or email and I will send the child’s name and address to you.
Remember to treasure your loved ones, today and every day.