posted on Dec, 19 2009 @ 08:44 AM
Kenny, your post is absolutely beautiful and I can't pass by without saying that to you.
I'm interested in what you say about older people becoming more childlike with advancing years. My own Father had a troubled childhood because of the
war & was denied many of the Christmas pleasures that those born a decade before & after him enjoyed.
Two years ago my Brothers and I bought him a gift he'd always wanted as a child.
But first, we decided to tease him a little as only Sons can. We hadn't all been together for a few years because we're scattered all over the world
so this was the perfect opportunity.
We met up at his home on the big day. After he'd welcomed us all and we had settled in with a glass of wine or two behind us we did the exchange of
I gave him a gift, cheap aftershave, he thanked me, his face showing no disappointment. My Brother gave him a puzzle book, again the same
appreciation. My other Brother gave him six cans of cheap supermarket beer, again my Father was so grateful and never said a word about his obviously
Then we all enjoyed our family meal, with each of us mentioning how hard times had been financially. My Father look surprised at that, concerned even
but us three Brothers managed not to laugh at his bemused expression even though we were kicking each under the table.
Finally, once the meal was over & the pots & pans cleaned up, my Brothers & I sneaked out to the car and brought in his real Christmas present ...
we'd bought him a huge railway set, with all the track, locomotives, carriages, trucks and station buildings ... the one present he'd always wanted
as a child but had been denied.
And our eyes were trained intently on his face as he slowly unwrapped the plain brown wrapping ... and boy did his eyes light up when he opened his
parcel. How ours welled up too when we saw his reaction. And that's how we spent Christmas night in a very snowy Tromsø, on our hands and knees with
him, playing with trains. My Father was totally overjoyed with his gift. That memory I hope I have forever.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Kenny, and that it brings you great joy.