December is the busiest time of the year. Everyone's busy preparing for
the holidays and continuing family traditions. Has it ever crossed your
mind, as to how many really stop and think what Christmas is all about?
Are we teaching our children the true meaning of Christmas or how many
gifts need to be bought? If we have taught our children the true meaning
of Christmas, what we've instilled in them will be carried into generations to
come. I like to see families create traditions all year long. Afterall,
the original gift to all of us here on earth, was given from His heart. For
through our hearts, one single gift of kindness, can touch an endless
amount of hearts forever.
This is a story about a child that saw the importance of giving and
never thought about giving up. Some may think a child isn't old enough to
enough wisdom to teach us all a lesson in living. But I've learned a heart
grows from life's many challenges and sometimes a child's challenges
can be far greater than some adults. We met a little girl seven years ago,
during one of my daughter's occasional hospital stays. Her name was Beth
and she was my daughter's room mate for a week. Beth was a very happy
girl despite her medical problems she was facing. Her long blonde curls
always seemed to bounce with her smile. The girls got to know each other
well and had become good friends. On the pediatric floor of the hospital,
saw many seriously ill children. It was so sad, even though my daughter
an uncurable kidney disease and not a very good chance of living to see old
age herself. We always saw many children with all kinds of cancer, and
sadly enough Beth was one of those children. She was doing two weeks
of chemo and radiation. I was amazed at her will and determination to
give up despite how very sick her treatments made her. She was always
concerned about my daughter and the other children with cancer she grew to
know over her many hospital stays.
My daughter's IV treatments were done after a week and I was happy to
finally bring her home. We were awaiting the final discharge orders when
Beth appeared from the other side of the curtain that separated their beds.
She said, "I want you to have this. I know you need a new kidney, so keep
this angel pin with you till you get better. She will watch over you so
smile all over. My friend, John gave this to me to watch over me, but it's
time for this angel to watch over you. When you get your new kidney and
smile, you can give this angel to someone that needs her too. I'm done
reading my book so here's my bookmark that has a poem on it called, Don't
Quit!, I know it by heart anyhow." My daughter thanked her and the girls
exchanged hugs and big smiles. I knew, we may never see Beth again,
but we never forgot the gift she gave from her heart that day. During that
year, we found out Beth has passed away. It was so sad to know such a
beautiful little girl was no longer bouncing smiles to everyone she would
meet. Her sincere kindness will stay with us forever.
We kept that angel for six more years. My daughter had gone beyond what
medical journals had
studied and expected from her disease. Was it the angel watching over her
pure luck? My daughter ended up on kidney dialysis for over a year, and one
month after almost loosing her, a kidney became available and she received
transplant. My heart tells me, an angel upstairs was watching with a loving
smile. My daughter had kept that angel pin and now she felt it was time to
give it to someone who needed watched over till they could smile again.
gave it to an elderly man trying to overcome the damage from heart problems
and undergoing extensive therapy. His family has informed us, that when he
returns home he wants to give the angel to someone he knows suffering from
How many families and hearts this angel has touched no one knows for sure.
But all it took was one single gift of kindness, that has and will touch an
endless amount of
So this Christmas season, look around and see that gift that can't be
bought. Create a tradition with your children or maybe someone you love.
Make someone's day and do the unexpected, let a friend know you care,
or greet a stranger with a warm smile. Give the gift that keeps on giving.
It's open twenty-four hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five days a
it's a gift from your heart. Afterall, isn't that what Christmas is all