Walking my dog tonight, I breathed in the night air
moist and crisp with the hint of snow.
We walked past houses of lights
and those that were darkened.
I was taken back to a Christmas over 40 years ago…
It was Christmas eve at my grandma's house
I was raised by my grandparents who loved me as their own
abandoned by parents who did not.
The house was dark, not a decoration in sight.
Yet my aunt and I did not know any better than to be excited.
We were little girls wrapped in robes and ready
for the magic of Christmas.
"You have to hurry up Grandpa and put up the tree
or Santa Claus can not come, I reminded him"
Dinner came and went, still there was no tree.
I wrote my list for Santa
careful to list any presents I might have found
in my searching of closets to make my grandma happy.
A glass of milk was poured and a cookie placed on a plate
and off to bed we went.
I would perch on my bed with my nose to the cold dark window pane
searching the stars for the hint of red that might be Rudolph
until sleep pulled me down to the comfort of my blankets.
Morning came and we could not run fast enough
down the stairs, our feet pounding each step.
The house was filled with magic
a tree covered with tinsel and lights softly glowed
The old manger with chipped figures was placed on the mantle
Our stockings hung by thumbtacks on the fireplace
bulged with the best Naval Orange in the world.
Why I never tasted anything so good!
We loved each other and we were happy
I did not know then, how truly poor my grandfather was.
He waited until the tree lots closed to find one in the trash.
Self Employed, He struggled to provide, food was not plentiful,
money had to be borrowed to keep the lights on
and there too was Diabetes.
I never knew…
Many of you are struggling this Year.
Jobs have been lost, insurance does not exist
and you struggle to come to grips with a disease,
medicine to be bought, test strips to be used sparingly
and it hard sometimes to put one foot ahead of the other.
Its a time of darkness and there is no light in sight.
Still…Take hope this Holiday and always.
Tomorrow promises to be better.
We, the family at Diabetic Connect all love you and care.
The light of that is dazzling…sometimes amazing!
Merry Christmas to you, family and to all a Good Night!…
All My Love, Christy
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