"As children we believed,
The grandest sight to see,
Was something lovely wrapped beneath our tree.
But Heaven surely knows,
That packages and bows,
Can never heal a hurting human soul.
No more lives torn apart,
That wars would never start,
And time would heal all hearts,
And everyone would have a friend,
And right would always win,
and love would never end,
This is my grown-up Christmas list."
I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday and that the love of family and friends brings peace and joy to all. It is this time of year when we realize that the best gifts of all are not those placed beneath the tree, but the presence of the people we love most. We remember those we have lost, especially during the holidays, and as the song above states, no gift can heal the hurting heart. We remember them through the stories and memories shared, and will never forget the holidays that we were fortunate enough to spend with them. Thinking of Grandma Bev, who was one of the best gifts our family has ever received.
Wishing everyone lots of love, happiness, and good health in 2012,