A Christmas Memory
Written by: Michele Bayno BSW, BA
For myself and my family Christmas time is a magical time of year. It is a time of joy, secrets, and spending time with loved ones. It is a time of Christmas shopping and tackling crowded shopping centers. I love hiding as I wrap Christmas presents with festive wrapping paper and bows. It is a time of excitement. It is a time of family gatherings, parties, singing, and dancing. Special meals are planned, and mistletoe is hung up on the door frames. Smells of Christmas time fragrances fill up the air. I can find Christmas music on almost every radio station. Our home is decorated with Christmas decorations that the boys and myself hung up with care. The smell of Christmas time baking fills the air. We love Christmas. I am blessed to spend Christmas time with my husband, and my son’s Xavier, Liam, and Nathaniel. Xavier is eight, Liam is five, and Nathaniel just turned one.
Christmas time always bring back fond memories of someone very dear to me. This someone is my grandmother. She is no longer with us, she passed away when I was sixteen years old. I was filled with sadness and an empty feeling when she left us. I was heart broken. My grandmother and my best friend had left me.
She had warm eyes, and a kindness in her heart. I remember her positive outlook on life. She always had a kind word to offer and she also knew how to bake a delicious batch of molasses cookies. She had wisdom to share. She was a very special lady. She brought love to everyone that knew her. All the people that were lucky enough to know her could tell you how blessed they were to have her in their life. She always had a warm smile to give, and was always ready to play a board game with me. We could spend countless hours playing card games together that she had taught me. She was always available to have me over for a visit when I called her. She would listen and talk about everything or nothing at all. I loved spending time with her. Every time I visited her, I was always greeted warmly, with a hug, and endless love. She always had stories and home baked cookies to share. She loved life, attending church, and playing bingo.
I think about her all year long with fondness. However, there is something about Christmas time that makes me miss her more than usual. She loved Christmas time, and all the family gatherings that occurred during the holidays.
Even though she has left this life, she is still with me, in my heart. I was blessed to have known her even for a limited time. Today I am left with warmth in my heart, and I find comfort knowing she is watching over me.
Are you missing a special some one this time a year? Leave me a comment. Share something about this special person you are missing.