This year, even more than last I have been having a hard time finding Christmas. I mean, I know what day it is and all, but I guess I have not been feeling that “Christmas Spirit” like I always have in the past. I made a trip home to Oklahoma to be with family. We laughed and cried a little, along with way too much food. It was so wonderful to see them all. I went to my mom’s grave by myself, just as it was starting to get light outside. It was cold, peaceful and quiet. I stayed until I was shaking from the cold.
Then there was my company Christmas party; it was a small group party. The shopping, traffic, a little snow and everything else that accompanies Christmas has been there; but I have still felt dull…….until last night.
I had worked all day and came home to two excited little girls and an exhausted mommy. I changed, took a shower to warm up and joined the girls on the couch. My wife was beat and neither one of us was in the mood to cook, so my daughter and I went to get some some take out and brought it home. We all ate dinner and retired to a movie, letting the the kids stay up until 10 o’clock.
As we headed to bed, My daughter A, started looking for Blankie (she has had the same blanket since birth) but we couldn’t find it anywhere. Not in the car, or anywhere in the house.
Then my wife remembered having it in the shopping cart at Target. My daughter was crying her eyes out as blankie is everything to her. She would give up her toys (and maybe her sister) for blankie.
Off to Target I went……………
I no more than hit the Guest services desk and the lady behind the counter was sitting right next to blankie. She handed it to me and said “I knew some little one would be missing this”.
As I grabbed blankie, my eyes filled with tears because I knew how much love was attached to this little thing. Something so small and ragged touched my heart. I could picture the smile and happiness that was 5 miles away, just waiting to happen.
Christmas is here and love is all around.
Not in gifts, but in each other. If you haven’t found Christmas this year……….look smaller.
I was looking for Christmas….my daughters ragged, dirty, smelly, little blankie helped me to find mine.
Steve lives in Windsor, Colorado with his wife and twin girls.