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Three to Life(2006)

 

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO CHANGE YOUR WAY OF LIFE? SOMETHING WONDERFUL? A NEW BABY - A NEW HOME? OR WOULD IT HAVE TO BE SOMETHING BAD? A SURGERY - A HEART ATTACK? SOMETHING THAT WOULD MAKE YOU SAY “THANK YOU GOD – I MAY NOT BE HERE TOMORROW..BUT THANK YOU GOD—FOR TODAY”

 

THREE FAMILIES…THREE CHOICES… THREE TO LIFE.

 

AMONG ALL THE FAMILIES WE SEE, THEY ALL MAKE SPECIAL MEMORIES, ALL OF THEM TOUCH OUR LIVES AND HEARTS SO MUCH, BUT THERE ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE THAT ONE THAT TOUCHES OUR SOUL. THERE ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE THAT SPECIAL ONE THAT REMINDS US OF WHO WE ARE, WHERE ARE IN OUR LIVES, AND WHAT WE ARE DOING. THIS YEAR - THERE WERE THREE.

 

A MAN - A HUSBAND - A FATHER. DEPRESSED. NO JOB. NO HOME. NO MONEY. EVERYTHING IS WRONG. WITH NOTHING LEFT TO OFFER HIS WIFE AND CHILDREN, HE WANTS TO END HIS LIFE. HE WANTS TO COMMIT SUICIDE. CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES STEPS IN WITH GREAT CONCERN FOR THE SIX CHILDREN. WHEN DID HE THINK IT WAS OVER? WHEN DID HE REALIZE HIS LIFE JUST WASN’T WORTH IT ANYMORE? WHEN DID HE REALIZE IT WAS? YES, HE IS STILL HERE. NOW WITH A HOME - A JOB. THE CHILDREN ARE HAPPY TO HAVE THEIR DAD STILL WITH THEM. THE WIFE IS THANKFUL HER HUSBAND IS NOW SITTING BESIDE HER THIS YEAR TO WATCH THEIR CHILDREN ON A VERY EARLY CHRISTMAS MORNING. NOW JUST TAKING IT ONE DAY AT A TIME. WITH A NEW PERPESTIVE ON LIFE. WITH A NEW BEGINNING AND A NEW REASON TO BE THANKFUL.

 

A MOM. A YOUNG MOM OF FOUR. FINDS OUT SHE HAS LEUKEMIA IN THE ‘NOT SO EARLY’ STAGES. NO INSURANCE. MEDICAL BILLS EAT AWAY AT ANY SPARE MONEY SHE HAS. SHE WANTS TO CANCEL SANTA; DUE TO THE FACT SHE JUST HAS NOTHING TO GIVE US. SHE WASN’T EVEN SURE IF SHE WOULD HAVE ANYTHING TO GIVE HER CHILDREN. IT HAS AWAKENED IN HER NEW SENSES TO KNOW SHE MAY NOT BE HERE NEXT YEAR TO SEE HER CHILDREN. SHE MOVES IN WITH HER MOM FOR SUPPORT AND SECURITY. OF COURSE, WE DON’T CANCEL. WE CALL ON OUR MARINES ONCE AGAIN, AND TOYS FOR TOTS, TO ASSIST US. WITH NO SIGNS OF CHRISTMAS IN THEIR HOME, NO PRESENTS ANYWHERE IN SIGHT, NOTHING, NO SIGN OF HOPE, AND A CHRISTMAS EVE VISIT BRINGING THE CHILDREN BOXES OF TOYS FOR THEIR CHRISTMAS. THE CHILDREN ARE ALL WAITING IN ANTICIPATION WHEN THEY SEE SANTA, THE MARINE, AND I WALKING UP THEIR YARD. THEY ARE ALL WAITING TO SEE WHAT HE IS BRINGING THEM THIS YEAR. THEIR HOPES ARE ALL THEY HAVE RIGHT NOW, FOR A PRESENT THEY CAN PLAY WITH. OF COURSE CHILDREN ARE THAT WAY. THE MOM? SHE IS SO THANKFUL TO US THAT WE MADE HER CHRISTMAS MEMORIES. SHE IS HAPPY WE WERE THERE. SHE NOW LIVES HER DAILY LIFE, PRAYING FOR RECOVERY, HOPING SHE WILL SEE NEXT CHRISTMAS WITH HER CHILDREN. TAKING IT ONE DAY AT A TIME, AND SAYING THANK YOU FOR EACH DAY SHE HAS LEFT.

 

A THREE YEAR OLD, GIRL. THE ONE THAT TOUCHED OUR HEARTS THE MOST. WE HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT HER BEFORE WE EVER MET HER. YOU SEE, SHE WAS BORN WITH HER HEART ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HER CHEST. SHE HAS HAD TWO MAJOR SURGERIES AND WAS SCHEDULED FOR MANY MORE. WITH THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS HOPING AND PRAYING EACH SURGERY WILL MAKE IT RIGHT. SHE LIVES ON OXYGEN. SHE IS FED THROUGH A FEEDING TUBE, AND SHE DOESN’T GET OUT OF THE HOUSE MUCH, BECAUSE THEY CERTAINLY DON’T NEED HER TO GET SICK. WITH ALL THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF THE DAY, PEOPLE ALL AROUND, - JUST A BUSY TIME - KIND OF IN THE MIDST OF JUST A HECTIC DAY, THE ‘SHE’ IS HERE’ ANNOUNCEMENT CALMS THE CROWD. ADULTS ARE ALL EXCITED WAITING FOR HER VISIT. EVERYONE WAS TALKING ABOUT HER. WAITING TO SEE HER. THE ATTITUDE OF US ALL SEEMED TO CHANGE IN ANTICIPATION OF SEEING THIS LITTLE WONDER. WITH HER LONG DARK HAIR, AND A BEAUTIFUL SMILE, SHE COMES IN THE ROOM, AND THE ROOM CATERS ONLY TO HER. HER PARENTS BEHIND HER WITH THE OXYGEN TANK, HER WITH TUBES TAPED TO HER CHEEK COMES TO SEE SANTA. WE WERE TOLD SHE KNOWS HOW TO SING RUDOLPH. SO WE LISTEN TO HER WHISPERED SONG. THE CROWD SEEMED TO CLOSE IN – AS A WHISPER – WITH HER TO HEAR HER SONG. SHE SMILES. SHE GIVES SANTA AND ME A HUG. SANTA GIVES HER CANDY, AND LITTLE STUFFED ANIMAL. AND SHE WALKS A WAY. TEARS ARE IN MY EYES AND WITH A LUMP IN MY THROAT, I LOOK AT SANTA, AND SEE THE SPARKLE OF A TEAR IN HIS.

 

HER PARENTS SAY SHE IS SUCH A BLESSING. WE SAW SHE WAS SO FULL OF LIFE. SO FUN TO BE AROUND. HER SMILE WARMED ALL OUR HEARTS. HER FAMILY IS GLAD THEY HAVE HER, AND HOPE TO HAVE HER FOR A LONG TIME. THEY KNOW GOD ONLY LOANS US TO EACH OTHER FOR A WHILE, BUT THEY HOPE TO HAVE MANY MORE DAYS WITH THIS LITTLE ONE IN THEIR LIFE. THEY PRAY FOR HER EACH DAY. THEY THANK GOD EACH DAY, SHE IS WITH THEM, BECAUSE THEY DON’T KNOW IF SHE WILL BE HERE TOMORROW.

 

IT WASN’T THE ONLY HUG SANTA GOT FROM HER. THERE WERE COUNTLESS OTHERS FROM HER WHILE SHE WAS HERE. SHE WOULD BE ACROSS THE ROOM, SEE SANTA, AND WITH HER LITTLE TINY BODY, SHE WOULD ALMOST TIPTOE TO HIM. SANTA WOULD BEND DOWN, GET A HUG, AND ANOTHER MILE, AND WALK AWAY. NO WORDS. NOTHING WAS EVER SAID. AND A FEW MINUTES LATER, SHE CAME AGAIN. SANTA WOULD BEND DOWN, SHE WOULD GIVE HUGS, AND A SMILE, AND WALK AWAY. COUNTLESS OTHER HUGS. COUNTLESS MEMORIES WERE MADE FOR US WITH HER THAT DAY.

 

SHOULDN’T WE ALL LIVE THIS WAY? SHOULDN’T WE ALL SEE EACH DAY AS THIS IS THE DAY GOD HAS GIVE US? WE SHOULD MAKE IT SPECIAL, WE SHOULD LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST, WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL FOR THIS DAY.

 

WOULDN’T IT BE WONDERFUL IF EVERYONE WAS THIS HAPPY FOR THIS DAY ONLY – FOR TODAY? THIS DAYTHAT WAS GIVEN TO US. IMAGINE WHAT THE WORLD WOULD BE LIKE - WITH JOY, HOPE HAPPINESS AND PRAYERS - - - DAILY - - FOR ONE DAY - - - FOR THIS DAY ONLY…FOR TODAY.

 

THANK YOU GOD. ONE DAY AT A TIME. WE ALL SHOULD LIVE OUR LIVES AS SUCH

 

WRITTEN BY ALBIE AND BARB MCLEROY DEC2008

 

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