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A Dismal Christmas

It was December, 1956 and Christmas was approaching Mama was in the hospital and would be until the New Year While we were visiting, she said to my brother Jim and me “Your Santa presents are in the top of my closet. I am so Sorry I won’t be there on Christmas morning, but Santa Will come, just as he always does. Jim and I shuffled our feet and looked at the floor. We fought hard to keep the tears from flowing down our Cheeks, but we were also a bit embarrassed, for we had Been playing with our “Santa presents” for several weeks, But we knew we mustn’t let our Mama know. It was going to be a dismal Christmas in more ways than one But it became one of the most memorable moments in my life.
SEVENTH PLACE WINNER written September 20, 2021 especially for "A Lovely Memory" Poetry Contest sponsored by Regina McIntosh

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Date: 9/29/2021 10:12:00 AM
Milt, congratulations for your win. There is such love illustrated here. Even though your mom was in the hospital, she wanted you and your brother to enjoy the special joy of Christmas - a very special selfless mom indeed. Very, very touching. Blessings!
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/29/2021 11:10:00 AM
Thank you so much, Sam. It was Christmas, 1956. My mom died mid-summer of 1957. So glad you enjoyed the poem.
Date: 9/26/2021 12:26:00 PM
aww Milton such an emotional poem on so many levels i have a huge lump in my throat , adding this to my faves for so many reasons, congrats on your win:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 9/26/2021 10:54:00 AM
Congratulations on your placement.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/26/2021 11:52:00 AM
Thank you so much, Adam. It was rather unexpected!
Date: 9/26/2021 7:37:00 AM
Lovely write. I enjoyed it. God bless you and CONGRATS. Love, Gina
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/26/2021 8:08:00 AM
Thank you so much, Gina. I was surprised at my placement and very proud that you liked it. Blessings on you, too.
Date: 9/22/2021 2:11:00 AM
Very nice entry into the contest Milton..Good Luck...Delice
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/22/2021 9:57:00 AM
Thanks, Delice. A true story.
Date: 9/21/2021 9:26:00 PM
This is a terrific add to the poem "we had Been playing with our “Santa presents” for several weeks," I love the honesty of it.
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/22/2021 9:58:00 AM
I remember that so well, Caren. A true story from those awful days when we were losing mom.
Date: 9/20/2021 7:56:00 PM
Those lovely memories stay with you forever Milton. Funny thing it was the year I was born. Tom
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L MILTON HANKINS
Date: 9/21/2021 9:18:00 AM
Wow, you are just a young whippersnapper. I was 15 years old.