Sunday, December 10, 2006

A Perfect Day

Today was a wonderfully perfect day. For the first time in five months my husband did not have to work on Sunday. I was so used to being alone that I had forgotten how nice it was to have him home! Today we slept in, then I made us a yummy breakfast. We lounged around in our P.J.'s until noon, drinking coffee, reading the paper and listening to Christmas music. It rained last night so it was cloudy and cool outside. Perfect weather for staying cozy inside. Pretty soon we felt the need for a nap, so that's what we did. Napped. I love naps. I wrapped some Christmas presents(almost done), then ran and got us dinner. Now we're watching sixty minutes(recorded it). Tomorrow it will be back to our hectic schedules, so I'm glad we had the time to catch up and relax a little. Here's my ornament for today. It came in a set of four, with a different angel on the top of each bell. The bells make the most beautiful tinkling sound when you ring them. One of the kids gave me these a few years ago. I remember them distinctly because the child who gave them to me asked me to open it right then, while I was standing on the playground. So I opened it, and some of the other children had gathered around to see what it was. One particular little boy, whose mother had Cancer, came up to me after the other children had gone and said quietly to me "My mom would love those. She likes angels." We talked about his mom for a few minutes and then he went off to play. Later that day, when his Aunt came to pick him up, I handed him a small gift bag. He looked at me with a surprised look, and then suddenly his face lit up in a huge smile. I didn't even have to tell him what it was. He already knew. As far as I know, he gave his Mom that ornament for Christmas. She died ten days later. She was a beautiful, courageous woman. That little boy went to live with his Dad after that school year, so I don't get to see him anymore. I think of him often, and I hope he remembers that small bit of kindness I offered him that day. I hope he still has that ornament, and I hope it makes him think of his Mom, like it makes me think of her every time I place it on my tree.

5 comments:

Jane said...

What a beautiful story, it gave me goosebumps! Glad you had a good relaxing day, they are so necessary!

Connie said...

That IS one special kind of day. Glad you got to experience it.

Joannah said...

Such a bittersweet story! Beautiful ornament.

Dolores and Shawn said...

Lazy Sundays are the best. What a beautiful story. It brought tears to my eyes.

Tara said...

I just days like that too. What a touching story about the little boy.