I’m going old school on you in this post. About 169 years. These three trees represent Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Future.
That was our Christmas tree last year. The Charlie Brown tree is a great representation of Christmases past. I’ve endured some tough Christmases. Three years ago on Christmas Eve, I thought I was dying. I had a temperature of 103 and I seriously believed God was taking me home to be with Him. I was in immense pain. My family came to our little apartment to celebrate Christmas. The fever kept climbing even with taking pain relievers, so Hunny and my dad had to carry me down the stairs and into the car. Then help me walk into the ER and help me into a wheelchair. They tested me for everything. It turned out I had a kidney infection and I spent Christmas Eve in the hospital.
When I was about eight years old, my dad almost died. On Christmas Eve. I don’t remember much of that year. He was immobilized during that year. One time, I went in to check on him. The curtains were drawn and the lights were off. It was the darkest room I ever walked into. I looked over at my dad, who was in the bed motionless. He looked dead. I ran out of that room as fast as I could. We had to move in with my Grandmother because my mom couldn’t afford to pay the utilities and feed us and take care of dad… I can’t think about that anymore, so I’m skipping ahead.
Christmas present: My dad is alive and he’s a proud Grandpa or “Gampa” as his granddaughter calls him. He adores Peapod, and the feeling is mutual.
This is part of the window display beside our apartment. It’s beautiful. It is almost unbelievable that this will be the last Christmas I spend as a resident of Statesvegas. Every year, I think we are going to move and nothing changes. This coming year we are moving, but it’s almost unbelievable to me because of all the times I prayed and believed that we would move and it didn’t happen. I told Hunny that we should try to do as much as we can in Statesvegas this year because it will never be this convenient to do things here again.
Christmas Future is always exciting because it can be anything. Christmas Future could also be nothing. We don’t know how many Christmases we have to celebrate. I chose to be happy and joyful this Christmas because Christmas Present is the Christmas I have.