“Out with the old…”
Some little/big Christmas Miracles (2013)
The object of the exercise this year was to make Christmas a bit more up-beat and enjoyable for my mother. Her wedding anniversary with my father was always on the 19th December, and several years back he died on the 24th December, Christmas Eve. Christmas’s since have understandably been subdued and quiet for her, especially as now she is in her 80’s and there are fewer and fewer relatives and people around to share it with. 2012 was the last one with my second youngest sister, who was already sick with cancer and a brain tumor and later died in March of this year. My youngest sister died many years ago of multiple sclerosis. My mother’s two brothers are gone also, leaving her two sisters, but both live far away. All the siblings of my father are gone too, except the youngest who lives in Portugal. All but one of her grandchildren are adults as well, and all of these also live far from this secluded little part of the world. So, it was just Mum and me, except for a few days visit from my last surviving sister just before this Christmas.
Though Christmas was still quiet, being just the two of us, we had all we needed in the way of food, drink, shelter, comfort and entertainment. My Mum got “just what she wanted”, in the way of some special foot-care products – a tool to remove dead skin, and another to wash her feet thoroughly. She is diabetic, so she has problems with her feet, as well as finding it hard to bend over to reach them. These tools help her to manage much better.
After my sister left us to return to her home, a 5-6 hour journey by road, the weather was due to set it. One of the worst storms this year was to batter us for the two days before Christmas. We were right in the path of the major front coming in from the South-West. Amazingly the only damage was to half a panel of a section of fencing in the back garden, where the wood had rotted over the years and had broken away in the wind. We had no flooding, and no loss of electrical power at all. Sadly thousands of homes in other areas of the country received just exactly these results, and many are still flooded and without power. Not a “Happy Christmas” for many.
The days over Christmas, though a little wet and slightly windy, were mild and even sunny. Today, the first day after, another storm is upon us, though not as bad as the first one. In my opinion, it looks like we have been blessed with protection and peace at this special time.
My personal little miracle was another one of those amazing purchases of something needed…
I had received a speaker system to go with a smart TV, and although it came with a cable to connect it to a TV, my TV had only one particular connection method – a fiber-optic audio cable – and this type of cable did not come supplied with the speakers. My sister was visiting at this time so she offered to drive me to the little town nearby to see if we could get one. I had received a DVD for Christmas and was looking forward to watching it with full 3D surround sound.
We first went to the only electronics store in town, who said that they didn’t stock that particular type of cable. He could order it, but it would not arrive until the New Year, as it was so close to Christmas. If I would order it myself on-line I would be faced with the same situation. He also added that it would be unlikely that the only other store in town, an electrical appliance store, would stock it either, as it is a specialized type of item that is not commonly used much locally it seems. My only other option would have been to try to push my sister into a 4 hour round-trip drive to the nearest big city, which was out of the question.
We decided to try the electrical appliance store anyway, “just in case”. My experience with this particular store had never been too great before, so it was a real long-shot. I described what it was I was looking for to the lady in the store, not expecting that she would even understand what I was talking about. She said, “Well, all we have that I can think of, that sounds a bit like what you are looking for, is one of these….” and took me to a rack of cables of all types, shapes, sizes, and… there it was, exactly what I needed! Then, when we went to the cashiers’s counter to pay for it, my sister said “I’ll pay for this Dave! Christmas present!” 😀
This has not been exactly the kind of Christmas I was expecting to be experiencing this year though. The most difficult thing has been not being with my little daughter, due to circumstances I have no control over. It has been difficult to keep the “up-beat, happy mode” going as a result, as I miss her so much it hurts. However, soon it will be a New Year, and hopefully some “new beginnings” will present themselves.
These days of being off-line have been somewhat refreshing actually, allowing some time of rest from all “the usual”. It is quite amazing to me how when you “do nothing” other things seem to fall into a better, clearer perspective. So, on that note I will just take this opportunity to “bring in the new”, and wish everyone a…
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 😀
With love, David
P.S. – Take care to stay tuned for “A Brief Summary of Modern History”, which is in the works and should provide some provocative thinking!