Thank you to family and friends for the creative encouragement and the financial and pantry support that you have provided me during a most difficult year.
I can't thank you near enough
As it has the past 2 years my Christmas is spent with my cats (Since Sept. they are 3), fixing a meal and trusting that the new year will bring better days.
Yesterday I had my 6 month check-up at my eye doctor and they were pleased to note that melanoma in the right eye is still in remission, at the same measurement as last time.
I work in retail, as a cashier at a very busy Houston Walmart, and one can be forgiven for coming away from the weeks before Christmas Day believing that the reason for the season is to shop 'till one drops, especially during the final 3 or 4 days.
However, as Linus so beautifully explained to Charlie Brown the true reason revolves around the tiny baby in that manger in the photo that heads this essay.
That manger set, depicting the birth of Christ and those who paid their respects soon after, has been in my family since my parents bought it soon after their wedding in 1957, sometime before I was born in 1960. It now resides with one of my sisters, in southern Ca. and a few pieces have seen better days and are showing their age.