Life has been hard, we struggle daily to make it to the next. My health is poor; I know that it is from a hard life and poor choice I made when I was young. Nevertheless it's where I am today.
Unable to work, unable to even take care of myself some days. This is where I am. My children are all adults now and after a rocky start I was a single mom for most of their young life, they are trying to improve themselves; two of them are returning to school the other has started work (he loves it and feels good about himself for once in his life). All three of my children are finally moving forward from a past that left us all wounded.
Although we were incredibly poor we have been blessed from the community we live in. Today the Comox Valley Business Association brought to my door a complete ready-to-eat Christmas dinner. I sit here tonight and think, "Do they really know what they did for me? Do they know what an impact it had for my family as a whole?"
I was able to prepare in a way I have never been able to do ever in the past. I cleaned my kitchen and set a beautiful table taking care in the small details – ironing the napkins, making a centrepiece from boughs in the yard.
After everything was prepared I was able to do something I have never been able to do – I took a bath and dressed in my nice clothes. I was ready. I hadn't rushed. I wasn't stressed. I wasn't exhausted before it was time to eat.
The meal itself was phenomenal to say the least. A full turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, carrots, complete with cranberry sauce to finish a pumpkin pie.
This was the best Christmas I have ever had. I didn't feel the poverty that I have been living each and every day. I am so grateful for my community that has held me up through this time. Bless you to the many hands that made my Christmas so very special. I and my family will be forever grateful for this gift of love and caring that has been extended to us.
Merry Christmas, Comox Valley, and thank you from the bottom of my heart.