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The Christmas Tree

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The Christmas Tree

The Christmas Tree



My greatest memory was in 1996 when my son who was three years old at the time was taking out our first Christmas tree to stop me from feeling sad.  He saw my tears coming down like rain over the fact we had no place visit for the holiday. My heart was so broken, wishing he had all that he deserved.  The domestic violent shelters we just came out of traumatized us in our journey of trying to find a home. Home was planned to be a place for us to heal and make our lives happen in a healthy lifestyle. When I looked into his eyes pleading with me to put up the tree I knew I just had to. So much sadness stood there in his eyes yet he stopped his tears for me. We put up the tree that day and before I knew it our sadness seemed to be a distant memory and today I am grateful for God for giving me the greatest gift a mother could ever ask for; the love given back to me from my own child.  Sadly he’s in jail today for making bad decisions, so worried about his safety I had to turn him in; though he thanks me that I saved his life. He said that he accepted Jesus into his life and if it wasn’t for me he would probably be dead on the streets somewhere by now. Still today, no matter how many miles apart we are together, I always reflect on that little boy who pushed a heavy Christmas tree out of the closet to cheer his mother up and how such a strong bond between mother and son was born to save each other through eternal love. 


Contest:  A Fond Memories
Sponsor: Craig Cornish
11/27/2012

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  1. Date: 12/10/2012 10:04:00 PM

    Ah, but that little boy is still there, pushing that heavy Christmas tree out of the closet for you, isn't he Gail?...lovely and heart-wrenching story...believe me, I know here you're coming from - Tim

  1. Date: 12/8/2012 5:33:00 PM

    melancholy mixed with joy....congrats on your win Gail

  1. Date: 12/8/2012 9:02:00 AM

    superb write my dear friend Gail...it's indeed a winner..congratulations on your win :) hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(^_^)

  1. Date: 12/8/2012 8:09:00 AM

    Gail, Uplifting, happy, sad, and hopeful all at once. I pray this story will have an ending someday soon that will lift us all to a happier place--I'm sure that with your love and faith it will happen.

    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/8/2012 8:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Craig for my winning placement or also for your warm comment pertaining to my poem. Things are getting better thank God. My son is going to the chapel daily and believes that he's a changed person. I only hope for the best for him when he gets out. I told him he needs to give himself a chance he and everyone else deserves in life. Thanks Craig again. Hugs and love, Gail
  1. Date: 12/8/2012 6:41:00 AM

    congrats Gail on a remarkable write and win so wonderful .. outstanding luv ..

    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/8/2012 8:18:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Linda, thank you for commenting on all my poetry dear. I hope you and your family have a beautiful and joyous Christmas holiday luv. Keep that beautiful heart of yours shining. Love always, Gail
  1. Date: 12/8/2012 6:30:00 AM

    Very touching tale,Gail.Congratulations on your win...

    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/8/2012 8:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Olusequn, thank for congratulating me on my win today in Craig's contest luv. Love always, Gail
  1. Date: 12/8/2012 5:46:00 AM

    Big Congratulations Gail yet a sad tale my friend. My prayers are with you love xx

    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/8/2012 8:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Mandy for congratulating me on my win in Craig's contest today. I think when we go through so much we get stronger because of it. Thank God from above all this didn't break me. Love to you always, Gail
  1. Date: 12/7/2012 10:43:00 PM

    Gail, I remember this one and am so glad to see it scored high in the contest. Unlike mine, it is a TRUE story and so deserving of the win. Still keeping your son in my prayers too.

    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/8/2012 8:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Andrea, thank you for such an inspiring and warm comment on my poem and win in Craig's contest. Thanks for being there as well. Love always, Gail
  1. Date: 12/7/2012 8:57:00 PM

    a lovely win..pd

    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/8/2012 8:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    PD, thank you for congratulating me on my win in Craig's contest today. Love always, Gail
  1. Date: 12/7/2012 7:48:00 PM

    Very touching Gail, congrats on your emotional write, this is precious, xxxx Rose

    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/8/2012 8:21:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Mystic, congratulations to you as well in your well deserved win in Craig's contest luv. Have a beautiful day. Love always, Gail
  1. Date: 12/7/2012 6:29:00 PM

    Aww Gail, you are so strong! I will pray for your son..there but for the grace of God..goes mine...Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 12/8/2012 8:22:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Debbie, thank you for your warm comment to me on my poem in Craig's contest. I hope you and your son make amends before Christmas. I have an older son like this, haven's seen him in over six years. It's hurts, stay strong luv. Love always, Gail
  1. Date: 11/29/2012 5:15:00 PM

    Gail, this is simply wonderfully honest in the way you told the story. A fond memory amidst rough time, that is the best kind of fond memory. I still remember your boy when you talked about him and pray for him when he enters my thoughts. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/27/2012 12:05:00 PM

    Such a moving story of love. The spiritual far outweighs the temporal. His love for you and his love for Christ are eternal. His current situation is temporal. And you have the love of God and your son in your heart which is eternal. And the sadness you feel now is only temporal. Thank you for sharing this lovely poem. God Bless.

    Doyle Avatar Gail Angel Doyle Date: 11/27/2012 12:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Jon, thank you for your warm compassion in your comment to my poem The Christmas Tree. It is greatly appreciated. Have a blessed day too my friend. Hugs and love, Gail