CHRISTMAS CAME EARLY

Christmas came early one year. It was on December 5, 1972 that I received the best Christmas present ever. As a child I received a few Christmas gifts that are on my “Best-Ever Presents” list: A ballerina doll, a Jon Gnagy “Learn-to-Draw” Kit, my first 2-wheeler bike with training wheels, and a Flexible Flyer sled.  Each gift elicited the exclamation every parent loves to hear on Christmas morning: “Oh, it’s just what I wanted!” but it was years later that I received the gift that was not only something I asked God for, it forever changed the course of my life and my marriage. I was 22-years old and had been married less than 2-years when my husband surprised me with a gift that has remained at the top of my “Best-Ever Presents” list for 39 years in the running....