"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

every mother's wish

"All I want for Christmas is Peace on Earth ... literally. Kind words. Loving laughter. And you all just to get along" is every mother's wish of the season.

Not an easy order, so they balk and ask what they can go get at the store.

But ...

Their clipped expressions when told we would be visiting the residents of a local retirement home before opening presents Christmas morning ....

Uneasy smiles greeting individuals left behind with no family to attend them....

Those smiles turning to beams as they sat enraptured in a morning long game of "go fish" with those able ...

Happy conversations. Stories of long ago. Relationships kindled ...

Hearts radiating through their faces as presents forgotten, they begged not to go so soon ...

Pleas to return again and often ...

I had my gift.



And I hope yours was every bit as merry.

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