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    This was on another forum, please pass it along...

    An Adventure with Grandma

    I remember my first Christmas adventure with Grandma. I was just a kid. I remember tearing across town on my bike to visit her on the day my big sister dropped the bomb. "There is no Santa Claus," she jeered. "Even dummies know that!"

    My Grandma was not the gushy kind. She never had been. I fled to her that day, because I knew she would be straight with me. I knew Grandma always told the truth, and I knew that the truth always went down a whole lot easier when swallowed with one of her world-famous cinnamon buns. I knew they were world-famous, because Grandma said so. It had to be true.

    Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus!" she snorted. "Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad. Now, put on your coat, and let's go."

    "Go? Go where, Grandma"? I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store. It was the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days.

    "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.

    I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping. For a few moments, I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on Earth to buy it for.

    I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church. I was just about thought out when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs.Pollock's second grade class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that, because he never went out for recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough, and he didn't have a coat. I fingered the ten dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!

    I settled on a red corduroy one that had a hood to it. It looked really warm, and he would like that.

    "Is this a Christmas present for someone"? the lady behind the counter asked kindly, as I laid my ten dollars down.

    "Yes," I replied shyly. "It's for Bobby."

    The nice lady smiled at me. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag and wished me a Merry Christmas.

    That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat in Christmas paper and ribbons (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) and wrote, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it. Grandma said that Santa always insisted on secrecy. Then she drove me over to Bobby Decker's house, explaining as we went that I was now and forever officially one of Santa's helpers.

    Grandma parked down the street from Bobby's house, and she and I crept noiselessly and hid in the bushes by his front walk. Then Grandma gave me a nudge. "All right, Santa Claus," she whispered, "get going."

    I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his doorbell and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma. Together, we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.

    Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were: ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.

    I still have the Bible, with the tag tucked inside that read $19.95.

    --Unknown

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    Thanks for sharing

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    Bird, That was beautiful.....Thanks
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    very nice -

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    ooohhhhh gave me goose bumps! I love stories like that. Makes me want to go out RIGHT NOW and do something special for someone. Karel....if your in hear...read this.. This is what I was talking about on your thread!!
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    Cindy .... me too ... the hair was rising on my arms ... I too love that stuff, just makes me really shed some tears of joy ....

    I witnessed a really joyous event on Tuesday of this week. I paid a visit to a condominium plaza that housed the elderly ... when I walked in through the doors, there were about 25 young to old aged seniors in the huge lobby, all decorating the largest christmas tree I have seen in a long time, a lady in the corner playing the organ, another standing beside her singing, a man up the ladder decorating the top of the tree, other standing around decorating, singing, fruit cakes, teas, and I just felt the tears trickle down my face, and I said, Where do I sign up ... the atmosphere was magical, just as it should be for Christmas ... it was lovely!

    And that my friends, is what Christmas should be all about .. a magical feeling of love within that has the time to be shown to all whether friends or strangers. It's not about presents, not about shopping, it's about having the time to spend with anyone in the world, because the rest of the year, we do not make the time.

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    Good One!
    Reminds me of my Grandmother.......a feisty one who taught me to be more concerned about the well-being others than preoccupied with self.

    She was the one I would visit just be around, as she would exude the feeling of peace and safety, and I would soak it up......seems like ages ago now.
    My! How the world has changed......
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    That was totally amazing..
    Thanks for sharing.

    Teri

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    Yes, this is an amazing story, which we can all relate to.

    How time flies by.... 50 years ago, seems like yesterday, when you search your heart.
    And what a very heart warming experience, to give to others.

    Both my parents have passed on, so has my husbands parents, and all grandparents.

    But the memories will always be there in our hearts.

    Happy Holidays to All ~~

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    Sorry to hear this.....

    Happy Holidays to you too

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