A Holiday Toast

Tonight at dinner, my husband lifted his glass, smiled at me and said, “Here’s to forgiveness.”

I swallowed hard.

Remembered that it’s Christmastime.

Tried to find it.

Couldn’t.

Here’s what happened earlier today.

A package that I had been waiting for had still not been delivered.

A present for my daughter. For Christmas.

I went online and followed the tracking number. Only to find that it had been delivered days ago.

To the wrong house. Our old address.

The online store had reverted to our previous address when it processed the order. An honest mistake, I suppose, in the frenzy of the season.

Drove to the old house. No packages delivered here they said.

But here’s the thing.

I had the confirmation that the packages had been delivered.

One on Thursday. Another on Saturday.

My name clearly marked on each label.

 

The Grinch had shown his greedy face this Christmas in a place where more than enough lives.

Someone stole something they didn’t need, for no apparent reason.

And as I struggled to understand why, I was struck by an awful realization – that maybe someone in that house has an emptiness inside that can only be filled by taking something that belongs to someone else.

My anger vanished.

 

Tomorrow night we’ll open a few fewer presents in our house. But it will be enough.

 

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About eduk8te

Kathy Moore’s passion is literacy, and she serves as a mentor teacher and staff developer throughout the greater Bay Area. Kathy is the City of San Ramon's Poet Laureate; she also teaches poetry writing workshops and is an instructor in the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership (MATL) program at St. Mary’s College of California. She was honored as SRVUSD Teacher of the Year in 2007 and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year in 2009. Kathy holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice from California State University, East Bay, an M.A. in Teacher Leadership from St. Mary’s and a B.A. in English Education from SUNY Albany. She and Bob Moore are the proud parents of four beautiful grown daughters, and the smitten grandparents of two beautiful boys.
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One Response to A Holiday Toast

  1. bobmoore33 says:

    absolutely beautiful like you

    Robert C. Moore RSVP Publications, Danville, CA. Cell-925-200-4002

    Date: Thu, 24 Dec 2015 05:35:32 +0000 To: bobmoore33@msn.com

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