One Special Thanksgiving

Written by: Gail Angel Doyle

One Special Thanksgiving It was many years ago but she still remembers vividly to this day Back in the year of 1996 her and her two boys finally found a home They had recently spent three long months in shelters to get away Get away from her abusive marriage and head towards a happy life to call their own Family abandoned them in time of need which weighed heavenly in her heart Money was tight and they managed to get help from the United Way She was determined to give them a healthy life and bring back that spark The kind that you get when you feel that everything is going to be OK Well it was Thanksgiving and she tried so hard to hold back those tears While she prepared the stuffing, turkey and pastries for them to eat She knew that family would not be visiting them though she prayed for them to be near The look on her boys’ faces made her sadness more complete While they began to eat, her hidden tears began to show Just then her little boy Steven got up from his seat and walked over to a closet quickly At four years old he managed to pull the Christmas tree box out to cheer her up so He said, “Mommy, why do we put up the Christmas tree?” So they did, they decorated that Christmas tree as they sipped on cups of hot cocoa Life felt comforted at that moment as they gazed at the tree all decorated in such beauty A memory she will cherish always and forever and never let go- How beautiful a child can be This really happened to me when I left my ex in 96. My son Steven decided to cheer me up by pulling out a Christmas tree to take us away from such sadness. To this day, I still cherish that, his heart of gold and my love for him…