Reflections of Christmas...

Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love cards, both giving them and receiving them. A general birthday greeting to a ‘just wanted to say hello’ card would make my day. So, it would come as a great surprise that, for the first Christmas ever, I did not send out Christmas cards. Of course, I knew my friends and family would be wondering why so I thought I would explain. About a month ago, I was notified of a tragedy that occurred to a family who I originally met at my son’s grade school. Every day I would pick my son up at the after-school care at school and would run into the mother of the family. She would always have a cheerful smile and greet me as if she hadn’t seen me in ages! I always pondered about what made her smile like that, all the time. It wasn’t just when I would run into her at the school that this would occur – I would run into her at soccer and hockey and again the same thing would happen. I am embarrassed to say I never took the time to get to know her or even get to know her name. I knew her son’s name (he’s the same age as my son), but not hers. Life (and the person above who some of us believe in) just isn’t fair sometimes and her husband and the father of her two young boys was taken away from them in a tragic car crash. My heart just dropped for her and the boys as my ‘normal’ life continued on. I contacted a friend who was helping this woman to cope and found out that the family could really use some help. Not knowing the family directly, I gave some thought to how I could help. I started to second-guess why I was spending money on sending Christmas cards out, when I could pick up the phone to actually speak personally to my close friends and family, saving the money I would spend on stamps. I feel great about my decision to donate what I would have spent to this family in grief, when they need it the most. As I stood at the memorial to this woman’s husband and listened to the love story of how they came to be together I had tears in my eyes. I listened to a neighbour of the family talk about the fact that she had lost both her best friend and her husband and I realized that my decision was the right one after all. This, to me, is what Christmas should be all about….I can only hope that my friends and family understand.

Jennifer Bourikas

Jennifer Bourikas

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CENTURY 21 Dreams Inc., Brokerage*
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