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Wonderful Wednesday Surprise


I wish you a Wonderful Wednesday!

I was sitting quietly reading friendly posts
When my dog, TazE, jumped like she heard a ghost.
The FedEx truck had just left our house –
The driver crept in our entry as quiet as a mouse.
Before I could get to the door, he was gone.
He left a box with a basket – no name upon.

Inside a note said “Thank you, Bob & Jan”
But no greeting or signature of woman or man.
The return address was Jorge Garcia of Amigo Foods.
A clue might be Florida – It’s where I know a couple of dudes.
So, Sofia, might this have been from you?
The place where Vanessa & Federico live is a little clue.

Sofia in Palisades

If it is you, then here’s a return of Thanks…
But, I hope you let us know so we can fill in the blanks!
The card should have acknowledged who
The box was from – so I could appropriate thank you!

Loving elephants

It’s a beautiful Wednesday here, Blogging friends.
I hope your day is going well, too, and transcends
All your expectations. Pen on… read on… live and play!
Wrap your arms around someone and hang tight today.

Listen for the FedEx truck or mailman
He/She may deliver a basket to you from a fan!

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Christmas


No, it isn’t Christmas! But this is Day #3 in an A-Z  series as a follow-up to “What Makes Me Happy?” It was suggested that I choose one of those items per day and then use it as a topic for a blog. I thought that was a great idea. So, I’m doing it. Why does Christmas – and just the thought of it – makes me happy?

Christmas is Christ Mass

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It ain’t about the presents

It ain’t about the toys

It ain’t about Santa Claus

And greedy girls and boys!

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It ain’t about the glitter,

Surprises under the tree,

Or what I chose for sister,

Or what she chose for me.

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It’s all about the Christ Child,

The One who came for me.

It’s celebrating Christ mass by

Giving, knowing He set me free.

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I give because I’m grateful.

It ain’t no reindeer trick;

And all them elves at workshop

Make my stomach kinda sick!

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We’ve commercialized the Lord’s Day,

We’ve made it about us.

We’ve taken out the meaning.

I’m throwing quite a fuss!

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Yes, Christmas makes me happy

When I think of all the mirth

The Lord brought to our lives

By His Holy, saving birth.

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Keep the real meaning of Christmas

Alive in your heart each day.

Spread the love of Christ fully

In a Merry Christ mass way!

people on christmas tree at home during winter

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P.S.  Go to a free photo site and type in the word Christmas. Try finding a picture of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus.  See what I mean about the meaning of Christmas in our secular world! No, it’s not Happy Holidays!  What do you think about that??

 

The BEST Christmas Gift


The BEST Christmas gift doesn’t come in a box. It isn’t hidden in your Christmas stocking. It needs no wrapping paper or bows and it won’t cost you a thing except a little time.  It’s an act of kindness that can come only from you.

I received the BEST Christmas present yesterday. Christmas is a couple of weeks away, but this gift will last until then – in fact, it will live in my heart forever!! You can give this kind of gift to someone today.  It was a note from a former student. Eva was my first grader in 1980. I have moved 1,200 miles from her, but she cared enough and took the time to find me. Paraphrased, her note said, “I found my calling. I love teaching. In addition to teaching first graders, I am teaching Spanish two nights a week at the local college, and I am working as a mentor for beginning teachers. Thank you for being so instrumental in helping me find my calling…”

Eva was a bright and promising first grader who came to school as an English as a Second Language student. She spoke Spanish at home and in her neighborhood. She was making such great progress when at Christmas time her parents wanted to pull her out for a couple of months.  Seasonal workers, they returned to Mexico each year to spend the holiday season (plus some) with Eva’s grandparents.  I offered to have Eva live with me rather than missing so much learning during this crucial time in her developmental stage. Her parents, seeing my concern, recognizing the truth of my fears that she’d slide backward academically if she missed that much school, decided to cut their intended stay. They returned in early January. I was able to take my wonderful first graders on to second grade and by the end of the next year, Eva was an A student. It was a winning duet: supportive parents, and a bright and eager mind. It’s a caring, concerned teacher’s dream. I stayed in touch with Eva through her continued schooling and joyfully attended her college graduation. What a privilege!

But, the frosting on the cake was the BEST Christmas present ever –  thirty-two years later. She took the time to contact me. My heart is so warmed by Eva’s acknowledgement and her success. Thank you, Eva! May God continue to bless you as you are a blessing to others!

You can send The Best Christmas Gift  today! A note, a phone call, a text message, “Thank you for making a difference.” Isn’t that what life is all about?  Give someone a lift. It won’t cost you anything more than a moment of your time. Merry Christmas, friends! Be a blessing!!

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