My mother passed away in February 2000. That year was tough for me. I remember when my birthday came along and without thinking I went to my mailbox. You see, my mother had always sent a card for me, this time was different, no card. It finally hit me, oh yeah she’s gone. I sat in my chair, and I am not ashamed to admit, I cried, for what seemed, hours.
Next came along Christmas. It has always been rough because I lived two provinces away from my mother. Going home was not an option, so, the next best thing was a phone call. Usually it is difficult to get through because of the load of calls that are happening that day. Christmas 2000 was another very rough day for I could no longer pick up the phone and wish her a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
For millions this year around the world will be very difficult for many. At each table there will be an empty plate, that familiar voice will be missing, Covid-19 has robbed that from those this year. Missing will be, a father, a mother, a son, a brother, a sister and many more.
My heart goes out especially to all those children whose mother or father has been taken from them. Many too young to have an embedded memory to hold onto of their missing parent. Others who are old enough to remember them, but, not old enough to provide for themselves.
In many countries this year, Christmas 2020, has been cancelled. Restrictions have been put in place, the number of who can gather in one household. Canadian provinces are also feeling the pain of Christmas cancelled. Many will have to be alone for travel is not an option for them.
So dear reader, for this holiday season, know this, you are not alone in this stressful holiday season. Many others will be facing similar situations around the world this year. If you know someone who will be hurting, maybe spending this Christmas day alone, pick up the phone and let them know you are thinking of them.
Let me wish everyone a peaceful holiday!