After I had some breakfast I decided to open the gifts I had received here at the house. And one of them took me back to the joys of being a child on Christmas morning. I never, ever, looked around for gifts at my house – I wanted to be surprised, I wanted to wait because the anticipation was a part of the fun. When gifts are mailed to me I set them aside, and do not open until the appropriate day. One of the gifts this morning was in a long cardboard box. It carried a warning not to open before Christmas – it turns out it was not gift wrapped inside. The innards were, however, wound around and around with bubble wrap. I had no idea what it was. I unwound, unwound, found a small bag with something green that I thought might be instructions – until that bag flipped over and I could see it was a small flag. What was wrapped so securely were the legs, pole and “arm” for the flag: the flag has a green background with flowers and at the bottom reads “Gay’s Garden”. It was/is PERFECT! What fun to be surprised and then to find a gift that is so great. As soon as the ground is softer I’m going to put it up outside by the perennials I dug up in Reading and planted here. If you read my Face Book posts, I recently commented that spring is nipping at our heels. I was SO right! (And that does not always happen…)
Certainly another high point of my day – every was spending a goodly portion of the day with my adoptive family, the “greater” Darrin clan. There were ten of us gathered for brunch and then a long and delightful time around the tree. We had the generations covered – Sue’s Mom being the most senior, the baby boomers in the middle, down to the two “young” couples in Tom and Sue’s Beth and husband Marty, and Pat and Jay’s son Tom and wife Jodi. The gifts were both whacky and wonderful. It’s a fun group, easy with laughter and skilled with barbs. My life is so much richer for being a part of this family – I cannot imagine not having them in my life.
Highs and lows aside, the miracle, the point of Christmas day, is that God loves us SO much. We often do not think we are worthy of it. Think about it – isn’t it a miracle that we are loved just because we are? By human standards we’re not good enough, thoughtful enough, smart enough, talented enough, giving enough. But we don’t get to decide – God does, and God did. And to prove it, God joined us, God incarnate came to the world to better understand mankind, and to show, share, and tell us about God’s love and forgiveness. And to remind us that we’re supposed to “take it and pass it along”. Once we learn to accept the miracle of love and forgiveness, maybe it will be easier to pass it along. And then we might begin to know peace on earth, as it is in heaven… And won't the angels be singing out then!