“Just as a puppy can be more of a challenge than a gift, so too can the holidays.” – John Clayton
THE HOLIDAYS are upon us and at no time are we more aware of “have” and “have not” than at this time of year. Two Christmases ago, Mr.
Clark was out of work and we were out of money. There were no gifts under the tree (that our grown daughter bought us, out of love, fond memories and pity) and try as we all did, the comfort to be found in a non-material celebration eluded us, as we sat at the meal our grown son prepared, pretending not to hear the wolves howling outside our door.
Last year, Mr. Clark had work again – a good job that afforded us the luxury of not only having a modest Christmas ourselves, but also helping a couple of recently unemployed friends make sure Santa came to their houses and left a few treats for their kids.
This year we are bountifully blessed and so, in addition to being a little more generous with each other and our kids, we are able to help friends and family still struggling in the grips of this vile recession and we have “adopted” a Holiday Connection family.