Papas World – A chunk of coal & a pigs tail!

I guess I was maybe 6 or 7 – and it was the morning of Christmas.

I had been bad – so bad that I was told –

Santa knew I was naughty!

Sherry & Tom
MORMOR & PAPA

That previous Summer – I had run from my mother in the backyard.

I do not remember what I had done –

but my older sister and my grand mother

were watching me from the front porch – looking over the side railing.

My mother and grandmother were a lot alike.

Both small – grandma gentle with 11 children.

Mom had her gentleness but she was feisty!

She ruled the house!

Grandma passed when she was 85 – mom almost 98!

That day she chased me in the yard – I made it to the front porch

and I crawled in as far as I could go – spider webs and all!

I hated spiders and still do to this day.

She managed to coax me out – but I got a licking from her.

As I get older – I look back in fondness at those times.

My mom was very good to me –

That morning of Christmas – all my family was sitting in the living room.

And for my first present they handed me a wrapped box-

all red and white with a ribbon.

I was excited – my little brother was maybe 2 years old

I took the ribbon off and then the wrapping paper.

It was like a shoe box and I could rattle it by shaking it!

I LEARNED MY LESSON

I opened the lid and looked inside –

I did not say anything – but I bolted for the door –

No shoes or boots and out I went in my PJ’S!

Down the side yard – I ran as fast as I could –

Through the snow toward the big red barn.

And I reached the railroad tracks –

And with all my might I threw that box as far as I could.

That was the Christmas for being bad –

I GOT A LUMP OF COAL AND A PIGS TAIL!

Funny how things remain in your head –

I had learned my lesson

My mom taught me well – until she passed- we laughed about this.

She was tiny – she was gentle – she was my mom.

And today my angel in heaven smiling down.

She couldn’t catch me – but in the end

She taught me a lesson in life that I will always remember!

Sherry & Tom
MORMOR & PAPA

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Papas World – A guest Christmas Story

Merry Christmas
from Tom & Sherry

December 25th. 2019

Today I post a story – a story written not by me – but by a friend.

A special friend and a special story for all.

Wishing you a blessed Christmas
and a Happy New Year

The story takes place years ago –

in the memory of a little girl

Her mother – and siblings

” A CHRISTMAS STORY”

Tiffany Ford 

One of my favorite Childhood Memories of Christmas was the year we couldn’t afford a tree. I don’t recall who had the idea, but it was decided that we would put nails in the wall in the shape of a tree & string lights on them and that would be our tree that year.

We lived in an apartment at the time, and our neighbors were very confused about all the banging! To my childhood self, that tree was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen.

I grew up very poor. After my dad moved to another state with his new family, it was just me, Mom & my brothers.

Mom worked hard, often at multiple jobs, and we cleaned offices as a family in the evenings to make ends meet. In spite of this we still sometimes needed housing assistance & church pantry meals to get through.

We lived on generic everything, Dry Milk, Ramen & loads of pasta & potatoes. I am honestly so grateful for all of it. I never look back on my childhood Christmases & think “I wish we had more”.

Because even in the years when there was enough money for gifts, I couldn’t tell you what I received. What I do remember is the look on my mom & my brother’s faces putting up nails for the tree on the wall and the faith that our family would have Christmas no matter what.

We were the freakin’ Who’s down in Whoville. If all we did was play board-games & color & eat spaghetti it would still be Christmas, and it would probably be more memorable.

Maybe that’s why I’m not super traditional about Christmas, making do with what you can find forces a person to be flexible.

🎄I remember the blue stuffed dog I got from Toys 4 Tots he was my favorite for a really long time
🎄I remember the 4 of us lying on our bellies coloring in the living room waiting up to see if Santa would come.
🎄I remember the years we were each allowed to pick out our favorite cereal, even if it had Sugar in the first 5 ingredients
🎄I remember the mornings that we found a box on the porch with a turkey breast & a bag of potatoes so we could have a real dinner. 
🎄I remember my brother and I removing the labels from the tuna cans & rolling them across the floor to each other
🎄I remember Mom was not amused the year the “Santa box” had both tuna & cat food cans 🤣

The year we had the wall tree, some friends from our church showed up a few days before Christmas with a real tree & a stand for us. They helped us set it up & decorate & we cried happy grateful tears.

If you ask me though, the real tree was never as beautiful as the lights on our “tree” on that wall.

I guess what I’m trying to say is if you’re struggling financially this year, know that your kids will be ok. Real magic never comes from things. The real magic in life comes from the unlikeliest of places.

The places where we struggle, stumble, fall on our faces, learn which friends will help us to rise, and discover the person we have become as we climb back to our feet. 

Happy Holidays my friends, whatever holidays you choose to celebrate may this season fill your heart with real magic

#holidaymagic
#realsappy

In this day of the celebration of the Christ child

Let us pray and if we can – help those in need.

A pair of mittens – a warm scarf or a “box” of food.

A helping hand – a can of tuna –

You never know just how much that means.

Thank you Tiffany for sharing – giving from the heart.

Open the door and your hearts

Tiffany was honored when we asked to share this story

NO TIFFANY – it is our honor.

God bless

I am also going to post this to her unknowing

Tiffany Ford

Real Estate Consultant

at EXP REALTY

Phone # 703-946-0191

She did not ask of me – but maybe someone out there

is looking for a great agent

in the NVA area!

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