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One of my favorite Christmas stories. Not what you think.Posted Thursday, December 15, 2011, at 8:54 AM
This was originally going to be one my rambling blogs, but the main thought that comes through is one of my Christmas memories from 1975. You are probably expecting a nice warm, fuzzy story but it did not feel that way at the time.
It should be widely known by now that the Holidays is often a time for some folks to really sink low with their emotions. Things may not be going well and the world seems to be happy all around you.
Well, my story is one of hope for the future, making it through the day, better in the morning, etc. No matter how bad the Holidays might seem, it will most likely get better in the days ahead.
On this particular Christmas my first "true love" of 6+ years had ended, I had lost everything financially, I was 1,000 miles away from any family and subsisting in a small, (very small) efficiency apartment.
I was working at a restaurant and even it was closed on Christmas so my work associates were somewhere else with friends, family or loved ones. A real bummer, as they said back then. :-)
Luckily, I found a friend who was able to take time from his family and spend some time with me. He went with me to the restaurant to do some prep work for the next day and then we looked for SOMETHING to do.
We ended up at a bowling alley and managed to have a decent day. I kept my mind off Christmas, my failed relationship, my non-existent finances and I now look back on that day as a sobering memory of Christmas past.
If you have to work Christmas day, keep in mind that you might be saving someone's day. Maybe share some Christmas wishes with them.
If you have a friend that you know will be spending it alone, check in on them, maybe even spend some of your day with them. You may never know how much it meant to them, but take comfort in knowing it DID mean a lot.
If you are in this situation, take heart that it will get better. There will be light at the end of the tunnel. If you can not find someone to share it with, my e-mail is Steve@bedfordtradingpost.com Write to me. Unless I am dead, I should get the e-mail and we will "talk".
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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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