This year I have decided to do something a little different. I love this story and can relate to it because I remember the first Christmas after my husband died. It was so lonely not having him around so I know exactly how Gail was feeling. I hope you enjoy this story too, it is beautiful.
The first Christmas after the death of a loved one is especially hard, and Gail Cotter, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was feeling down. All around her were joyful families planning parties and celebrations, and all she could think about was how much she missed her husband, Gary. Gary had died of cancer on December 17, 2007, and moments later, daughter Michelle Olszewski, on her way to to see him, heard the song “I’ll be Home for Christmas” playing on the car radio. “I thought it was such an appropriate song, almost a sign that Dad was in heaven,” Michelle says. “In fact, for the next few days, every time I turned on the radio, the same song would be playing.” The song helped Michele feel her father’s comforting presence. Gail wanted a sign too, something just for her. But throughout that lonely year, nothing came.
Now Christmas was approaching again. Sentimental Gary had always loved it, looking forward to hanging greeting cards and decorating the house. There would be no gift from him under the tree, Gail knew, and once again, she began sliding into depression. “Mom,” Michelle phoned one evening, “let’s get some shopping done tonight. You need to get out.”
Michelle was right. It was time to buy some Christmas toys for her small granddaughters, time to say good-bye to Gary, to let go of the past. If only she could hear from him, just one last time…
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I hope you have a Christmas full of blessings, joy and love.
Love and Blessings,