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Winter Memories -Hubpage Challenge .......Mine.

Updated on December 21, 2014

Four Days Before Christmas, 1968

I awoke to the sounds and smells of a winter morning , coffee percolating , soft quiet country music ,even the weather report and news on the radio , I lay there for a moment in bed , wrapping the skim blankets around myself and listening ........The muffled sounds of my mother and father talking about the work day ahead of them . I look at the old single pane wooden double hung window to gauge the temperature outside . Rising quickly , grabbing a handful of clothes and returning to the edge of the bed , I begin to quickly dress.
I hate school , I pretty much always have and yet least it's warm there , I say out loud as the first spoken words of my day .

I look at the window again and realize , it's snowing hard out there and as I grab a sweater and pull it over my head and shoulders , I walk to the window where the frost lies a half an inch thick on the glass and the wood frame too . Placing my fore-finger into the ice , I watch as my finger melts its way to the clear glass surface below and begin to wonder , what's Christmas going to be like now , last night at the supper table my father had announced that he would probably get "laid off" from work this week .

After dinner last night , my mother had come to my room and said , as I was doing my homework at my drawing table ;
" Honey , if you have any money left in the bank from working this summer , I think it would be a big , big help to us all if you could buy your brothers a few things for Christmas presents , you know that with things the way they are right now , it would help me a lot "

Without saying much in return , I resigned myself to a quiet realization that she was right ! Thinking to myself , It won't always be this way . One thing I was beginning to know was that , it sure is hard being fifteen years old . And yet , I knew that I would do as she asked though , and I believed , even then , that she knew it too . I had sat quietly for awhile and pondered whether it was like this in my friends house's too ? And yet , I had been to their houses now hadn't now ?

No , I knew that it wasn't that way at all , in most homes that is , there weren't many homes where the father drank himself into a stupor almost every night of the week . Where there was almost always that looming dread that the electricity might be turned off for "non- payment " or that we might run out of heating oil again , or that one of any number of such negative hardships could arise ........After all , I had been to a couple of other of my friends homes by then , although now days , I tended to never go to their homes and especially to never even dream of bringing one to mine .

Two nights later though wrapping the last of the Christmas presents , my mothers the last one and signing on the sticky labels 'from Santa ',......I had carefully "budgeted " and bought , ! ...... I realized something profound . Just for a moment I felt a sense of personal elation , pretty good for a fifteen year old kid , I had removed and closed out the last of my savings book account , I had single handedly purchased most of the presents under the tree this year for my three younger brothers . And , that I will never , ever forget the look on my mothers face as she softly cried that next morning , Christmas morning , and said to me quietly , "Merry Christmas son , Thank you "

Maybe that's why now , there are a few simple things that I remember and love most about Christmas ......simple things or simple timeless echo's really , , the colored lights , the music ,and the sounds of small kids and the sound of bells ..............

The end .

I actually can't believe the memories I'm having right now , Thank you for thee challenge Jackie Lynnley !!!


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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      pstraubie ,Perhaps that's it after all , I was an old soul at that time , perhaps still , Thank you for the encouraging words . Happy new Year !

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a beautiful generous soul you were and surely are today. You could have sad 'heck no' but you...obviously were an old soul in a young body.

      Your siblings and Momma and Daddy were blessed to have you.

      Angels are on the way ps

      Voted up and shared

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Beautiful and emotive. You very ably demonstrated what Christmas is really about, 'love.' All the best for 2015.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      A very sad but happy story, you spending your money and giving your brothers a present under the tree for christmas it sure does show what a wonderful person you are.

      Hope you are having a wonderful christmas in 2014 with your family.

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      Paula 3 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Wow, this really moved me. I truly enjoyed reading your winter memory challenge story. How touching, that you shared your personal feelings and memories, even the tough parts. Then, to hear of a 15 year old's elation and joy, and making your mother cry in joy, like you did. I truly loved it. So glad you shared this, Merry Christmas to you!

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you for sharing your Christmas memories here and participating in Jackie's challenge, Ed!

      Your memory pulls at the heartstrings and is poignant and beautiful at the same time. I am so glad you had joy in your heart that Christmas from giving unselfishly, and that is what love and Christmas is all about no doubt.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Merry Christmas and blessings to you and yours always

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Oh Ed, a lovely Christmas and family story about mercy and generosity, and all the better because it is true. I could feel the "cold" of the room and see the snow falling outside your window, and picture your mother wrapping all the presents. Thank you. Blessings! Theresa

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      A most wonderful story Ed. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Jodah , Thank you so much and merry Christmas !

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderfully touching story Ed. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas.

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Merry Christmas to you too Jackie . Its a really nice challenge and it incites a few memories for me ! I hope Santa's great to you ......:-}

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Well yeah; I did put out a challenge, just came to me that if I like reliving my memories then why wouldn't others? It is a great feeling for everyone (not that I want to make anyone cry) and this is the season to be so mellow in our memories isn't it?

      You are at the top of the list now until someone else writes; but the list will stay there for anyone anytime they want to get melancholy. Even on the 4th of July! lol

      Merry Christmas

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      I think I had a little breakdown as I wrote this as the memory of it came fully to view ! LOL , You are all so kind , what beautiful friends AND what beautiful neighbors you would all make !......Merry Christmas - to ALL , Jackie , wasn't it you that thought this idea up and even made me cry ?!.LOL

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      What a perfect story for the Holiday Season. What great memories you must have of Christmas's past. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautifully written; although sad. It shows there can always be some happiness even when it seems a bit unfair. I will add yours to the top of the list. Hopefully it will be read many times. Thanks for taking part! Up and sharing.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Beautifully written; although sad. It shows there can always be some happiness even when it seems a bit unfair. I will add yours to the top of the list. Hopefully it will be read many times. Thanks for taking part! Up and sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This was very heartwarming to read and like Bobbi Purvis mentioned, your mother was blessed to have you as a son in her family. Hope the years since have been kind to you. Merry Christmas!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Beautiful story Ed. You were blessed to have a wonderful mother.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      wow, you are a kind person towards your siblings.

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      PurvisBobbi44 3 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for sharing a little of your life locked in your memory bank, and what a wonderful son you were and brother. It is people like you that makes this world so much better.

      I hope your Angel heart has stayed with you into adulthood and grown with you. Your mother was blessed to have you as her son and a support system.

      Have a wonderful weekend, and this story will stay with me a long time.


      Bobbi Purvis

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So big deal, you going to laugh at me because I cried at the end of this story?

      Nothing but the best from you and to you my friend.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Beautiful story, Ed. Very endearing. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to give when someone has so much need. Bless you.

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      Don A. Hoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Great story. Have a great Christmas, as well.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What a lovely story. Merry Christmas! xxx