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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Falling on my knees (and not in my typical fashion)

I know I’ve already made a wish list this year however that one was more of a guideline to help my husband out and make his shopping experience as pain-free as possible. And there would be critics out there who might say I’m a selfish and demanding wife.

I have a much more serious ‘wish list’ though that I would like to publish. I hope more than anything that a few of these wishes come to pass; I’m not someone that reads horoscopes or has a whole lot of faith, but I do believe in karma and a very small part of me believes in angels. So in keeping with my tradition of staying off Santa’s Naughty List (thankfully, I haven’t been on that list in a very long time), here is my authentic Christmas Wish List:

My mother is a good mother. No, let me re-phrase that. My mother is a wonderful mother. Full of goodness and sacrifice; she hasn’t led an easy life and despite this remains remarkably upbeat. My biggest wish this year is that she continues to thrive on her current treatment and makes a complete recovery. This is the time in my mom’s life when she needs to be surrounded by loving, caring family and friends, and although I can’t be with her to celebrate this very important Christmas, she knows how much I love her and that early in the New Year, I will be making plans to personally hug her again.

That the doctors, nurses and every other person who have cared for my mom in such a remarkable way, continue to receive the support they need to do such brilliant work. Cancer treatment has moved mountains over the last decade and if we didn’t have such a dedicated medical community, or people willing to donate towards such a worthy cause (be it monetary or time) we might not have had mom with us this Christmas, a possibility I could not bear to contemplate.

That those of you who don’t spend enough time with your loved ones wise up and do something about it. Life can be too short and we shouldn’t be seeing those who matter to us only during the holidays.

Christmas can be tough on a lot of people for various reasons. Many of you or your loved ones may be experiencing hard times, be they emotional, physical or financial. I hope your burden eases and that you have somebody with you to help you through these not so easy days.

That every one of us keeps an open mind and accepts people for who they are. We may not understand the reasons why people make the choices they do, however it is up to ourselves how we choose to react.

Lastly, I wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas.


Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas to you and Andy, and to and Connor.
Loved your Blog!! You nailed it.
Hugs from Mom2 and Himself

Fern Wimpley said...

Happy Christmas, sister! I'm sure you feel the same way as me when I say that watching The Family Stone this year has a whole new meaning.
Love you and can't wait to see you in the new year!!

Laraf123 said...

That was a beautiful and meaningful paragraph at the end of this post. So true. I can do better at accepting certain members of my family for who they are even though they have not been there for me. You're right, I don't know their reasons or what it's been like to be in their shoes. Thanks for the timely reminder.
Wishing you and your entire family a happy, healthy and peaceful Christmas!

Valentina said...

What a beautiful post, I have tears in my eyes. Happy Christmas, my dear friend! May you and your whole family have a wonderful holiday season and a healthy, successful and joyful 2011.
with lots of love, V, M and L xxx

dawn mclaughlin said...

Rings true, my dear! xoxoxo

Demeter said...

Hi dear Jo,
I wish you a wonderful Christmas time to you and your family. May your special moments be memorable!
Happy New Year too!

Renu said...

Merry X-mas