It’s Christmas morning and Carol is reluctant to get out of bed. While others are busy celebrating with their family and friends, she’s facing a holiday home alone.
Maybe she’ll watch a movie or even decorate to try to lift her funky mood. She’ll get a call from her son and family who live in Texas. She’ll also be hearing from her daughter and grandson who are now vacationing in Florida. She’d rather be with all of them, but it’s not happening this year.
After some reminiscing, and after talking (like she always still does) to her deceased husband, she finally gets out of bed and begins her usual routine. She’s still not looking forward to being alone, but she’ll do her best to remain optimistic. Somehow, she’ll make it through the day.
But she’s certain it’s going to remain an uneventful, and dull…and lonely Christmas.
What Carol doesn’t know yet is that she’s in for a big surprise. Sometimes when it’s least expected, something wonderful happens—so wonderful that it must be a miracle—and an answered prayer.
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I think about the past and how everything happened. I don’t think I could’ve or would’ve changed a thing, except for the fact that I never had children of my own and I’ve always wanted to reunite with the love of my life. I know it sounds strange, having only known each other for a few months so long ago—more than 50 years now, but it’s true. When you find that person, if you’re fortunate enough to, it doesn’t need to make any sense, it just is. I felt it in my heart then and feel it just as strongly now. I know when I see her again, if I see her again, it will be as if we’ve never been apart. I don’t care if she’s not pretty anymore, if her hair is gray or white, if her figure isn’t shapely. I don’t care if she’s too fat or too thin. I will adore her because when I first met her, I got a glimpse of her soul and I’m sure she’s still wonderful through and through.